Interviews

This collection of woodworking interviews and profiles of famous woodworkers including Sam Maloof, Roy Underhill, and James Krenov (and a some lesser known makers who deserve to be more famous) is chock-full of sage wisdom, valuable advice and helpful woodworking tips that will both teach and entertain. Presented as a mix of woodworking videos, articles and blog entries these visits inside the shops and minds of woodworking masters will both guide you in your woodworking and inspire you to get back out in the shop and in front of your bench.

Interview with Sam Maloof (from Pacific Woodworker, 1982)

In the forerunner to Popular Woodworking Magazine, a small, California-based publication titled Pacific Woodworker, there are some excellent interviews – including this one with woodworking legend Sam Maloof, from issue 7, by Bill Farnsworth. We don’t have digital files or the original photographs for these early issues, so I can’t easily post the text and images –...

Garry Knox Bennett Shop

Video Shop Tour: Garry Knox Bennett

Look for the new “Woodworking Legends: Garry Knox Bennett” video in mid-May (it will be available at ShopWoodworking.com). On it, fellow furniture making giant Alf Sharp chats with Garry about his life, his work, his woodworking philosophy and more. On this excerpt (rated PG-13 for language), Alf and Garry take a walk through Garry’s...

Wendell Castle: The Art of Furniture

  On the cusp of his 80s, Wendell Castle revels in the techniques that launched his career. by Scott Gibson From the November 2012 issue, a collection of features articles on woodworkers It is a cool June morning, and a light northwest breeze is clearing out yesterday’s squalls over western New York State. By...

Federal Furniture

Editor’s note: For a better look at the images (and more of them), download the PDF of the article here. This appeared in the August 2008 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. Years ago I discovered Federal furniture and knew that with beautiful veneer, superb inlay and simple carving, this would be my furniture period...

Songs from the Workbench: Guy Clark

Singer and songwriter Guy Clark builds both melodies and guitars in the woodshop of his Nashville home. by Megan Fitzpatrick Songwriter, singer and luthier Guy Clark doesn’t like technology. “I put away all my recording stuff, built this workbench, ordered some wood and started building stuff,” he says. The most high-tech machines on display...

Imitation Could be Illegal

I’ve lately seen an uptick in discussions on woodworking forums and social media regarding protecting one’s own furniture design. And while it’s possible that some laws have changed since 2008 when attorney and woodworker Jon Shackelford wrote the article below, I think his explanation remains a good starting point for those concerned with the...

Designs of Note: Jeff Miller

A former musician brings an improvisational skill to the craft. by Christopher Schwarz Somewhere between street musician and the symphony orchestra, between an 18th-century hand woodworker and a contemporary designer, is Jeff Miller, a Chicago furniture maker, teacher and author who defies every pigeonhole. In fact, if given the chance, he might just redesign...

Great Woodshops: Craftsmanship Done Safely

by Megan Fitzpatrick pages 84-87 From the June 2006 issue Woodworking teacher Kelly Mehler got his start in the schooling business in an unusual way. His first teaching job was to instruct patients at a rehabilitation center in woodworking basics using simple machinery. While working there, he took classes in the wood technology program...