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Great Woodshops: Tossing Out Tradition

Konrad Sauer improves a 150-year-old handplane design. by Christopher Schwarz pages 50-54 From the April 2012 Issue, #196 Let’s say you were good at building Chippendale highboys. Really good. Phil-Lowe-kind-of-good at it. Customers came to you regularly and you had plenty of work to keep you busy. Then why – oh why – would...

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Great Woodshops: Cerritos College – An Orderly Education

Attention to detail is essential for building furniture and running a woodworking school. By David Thiel Pages: 35-37 From the June 2004 issue #141 Buy this issue now Some woodworkers will tell you that an organized shop is one that doesn’t produce a lot of work. But it’s an almost astonishing level of organization...

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Great Woodshops: Carving for CEO

Visit the 3 shops of David Monhollen, who shed a successful career in sales to carve wildlife for executives. By Kara Gebhart Pages: 34-36 From the February 2004 issue #139 Buy this issue now David Monhollen has three woodshops. His first shop is decidedly bigger than yours. His second shop (his so-called “working” shop)...

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Great Woodshops: A School Built to Thrive and Last

A passion for creativity lies at the heart of this woodworking institution. By Scott Gibson Pages: 92-95 It’s 3 p.m. on a February afternoon when Peter Korn gathers a class at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship around his workbench and launches into a 90-minute lecture on dovetailing. His students are in the first few...

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Great Woodshops: The Art of Engineering Flutes

Dave Copley, an ex-aircraft engineer, makes world-class wooden flutes in a small garage workshop. By Kara Gebhart Uhl Pages: 102-107 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now Dave Copley tenderly lifts an African blackwood flute with sterling silver keys and rests it against his lips. A complex, hard-edged sound emerges from...

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Great Woodshops: Yankee’s Shop True to Name

Two days on the set of ‘The New Yankee Workshop’ reveal surprising truths about the way Norm Abram works. By Kara Gebhart Uhl Pages: 34-37 From the August 2005 issue #149 Buy this issue now We’re lost. I’m trudging through two feet of snow in what looks to be someone’s backyard and there’s no...

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Great Woodshops: A Writer’s Workshop

A funky Victorian-era workspace serves as a shop for Popular Woodworking’s editor. By Kara Gebhart Uhl Pages: 74-76 From the June 2005 issue #148 Buy this issue now In the basement of Steve Shanesy’s 1870s Victorian home is a woodshop. Like many of today’s 50-something woodworkers, Shanesy discovered woodworking only after the corporate world...