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Conquer Finish Fears

A stay-the-course attitude turns phobia into appreciation.By David Mathias Page 64I don’t know many woodworkers who enjoy finishing. We will gladly spend an eternity devising a jig to help with an operation that we’ll perform only once. Time stands still when we’re at the lumber mill looking for that elusive, perfect board for a project...

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Greene & Greene Inlay

Jewel-like details are the crowning touch on these masterpieces of American furniture.By David Mathias Pages 41-45Furniture designed by early 20th-century American architects Charles & Henry Greene is as rare as hen’s teeth. The reason is simple: their pieces were never mass-produced or marketed. Every table, chair, bed and cabinet was designed to occupy a particular...

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Greene & Greene Drawers

How to build the exquisite finger joints from a Gamble House classic. By David Mathias Pages: 61-65 From the February 2007 issue #160 Buy this issue now ?One test of a design is how well it ages. Great designs are timeless and visually stunning: the Chrysler building, the 1962 Ferrari 250 GT, and any...

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Everyday Greene & Greene

In the hands of genius, ordinary items become fine art. By David Mathias & Robert W. Lang Pages: 66-71 From the November 2008 issue #172 Buy this issue now One of the best-known quotations to arise from the Arts & Crafts movement is from William Morris. A founding father of the movement in England,...

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Greene & Greene: Details and Joinery

Looking beyond the surface of Arts & Crafts furniture masterpieces. By David Mathias & Robert W. Lang Pages: 71-76 From the October 2008 issue #171 Buy this issue now Everyone is familiar with some variation of the following wisdom: “The more you learn, the more there is to learn.” It’s probably very close to...

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Out of the Woodwork: Memories and Milestones

Connecting an Arts & Crafts icon with the men who made it 100 years ago. By David Mathias Page: 80 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now On a Sunday afternoon not too long ago, I found myself sitting in a home in Southern California looking at the family heirlooms of...

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Greene & Greene Masterworks

Awakening of a style. By David Mathias & Robert W. Lang Pages: 66-70 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now One hundred years ago, two brothers were in the midst of an amazing period of creative success. The result was a unique, enduring style that is instantly recognizable. The brothers were...