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End Grain: Past Imperfect

If anyone ever sees that, they’re looking too closely. By Robert W. Lang Page 64 I spend a lot of time looking at antique furniture, often from below. My interest is pieces made about 100 years ago, from the Arts & Crafts period of the early 20th century. I share a passion with those who collect these...

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End Grain: It Comes Down to the Cut

Thoughts on woodworking and the art of growing up with Zen. By Wilbur Pan Page 68 Because I’m of Chinese descent, it’s probably not a surprise that I found myself drawn to Japanese tools when I started woodworking, and that I wanted to learn how they worked and how they were used. At first this was frustrating....

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End Grain: A Teacher’s Seat

Imperfect woodworking often imparts the best lessons. By Scot O'Shea Page 68 A good friend asked me if I could help his son put together a chair he wanted to make and like a good neighbor, I said, “Sure, I will be happy to look at it and offer a little advice.” That was two years ago...

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End Grain: ‘Nothing is Absolute’

Ease and speed, versus idealization of the past – sometimes. by Alan Foljambe Page 68 From the June 2012 issue, #197 When Lord Acton wrote that “absolute power corrupts absolutely,” he was referring to politics, but he could as easily have been referring to tools. After all, he wrote this now-famous phrase in the spring of 1887, one...

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End Grain: Full Circle

Paddling through a woodworking past. By Eric Heydorn Page: 64 From the February 2012 issue #195 Buy this issue now. I was 3 years old and I was in toddler heaven – the dirty, dangerous, totally awesome garage. My dad had actually invited me out to the garage to help him make … something. I didn’t know...

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End Grain: The Myth of Original Design

Consider yourself a midwife to creativity. By Brian Boggs Page: 64 From the December 2011 issue #194 Buy the issue now I have taught a number of classes on designing chairs and it’s always interesting to watch students’ creative processes. I like to keep my classes as fresh as I can for my own benefit if not for...

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End Grain: The Apprentice

Persistence (and a crazy mother) can help. By Elia Bizzarri Page: 64 From the November 2011 issue #193 Buy this issue now I slept on a cot in the loft of the shop, cooked on a portable burner, and walked my dirty dishes through the garden to the basement sink. Curtis Buchanan walked in at seven one morning...

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End Grain: The Addict

It’s not a problem – and I don’t want a cure. By Kevin Thomas Page: 64 From the October 2011 issue #192 Buy the issue now “Hi. My name is Kevin and I’m a woodworking addict.” That’s how I feel I should start each meeting of our local woodworkers’ guild. My only problem is, it’s a...