Article Index Peter Follansbee


Lighting Matters

Raking light through windows is the clear winner in a hand-tool shop. by Peter Follansbee page 60 In 2007, I was a speaker at Colonial Williamsburg’s Furniture Forum, and there I met Adam Cherubini. He was in costume in the parking lot, talking period furniture and tools to anyone who’d listen. If you know...


Spoon Carving

This kitchen workhorse presents a surprising and rewarding challenge.

by Peter Follansbee pages 38-41

A wooden spoon – you can get one for a dollar in many places. It’s just a stick with a hollow shaped at one end. Why go to any bother over such a thing? Use them to stir sauces, dole out rice and...


Joined (& Adorned) Bookstand

Simple carvings transform scraps into a 17th-century-style work of art. By Peter Follansbee Pages 37-41 Buy This Issue Now Scraps, offcuts, shorts and odds and ends are bits of wood that accumulate around the shops of most woodworkers I know. Reminiscent of Donald Hall’s book, “String Too Short to Be Saved,” they are a lignin guilt trip,...


Drawboring Demystified

This ancient mortise-and-tenon joinery technique needs no glue, no clamps. by Jennie Alexander & Peter Follansbee Pages 53-57 The excerpt that follows is adapted from “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree,” a new book by Jennie Alexander and Peter Follansbee (Lost Art Press). While the book teaches you start to finish how to make a joint...


The Best Oak Money Can’t Buy

The cost of this stock is physical exertion, but it’s fun and rewarding. By Peter Follansbee Pages: 38-43 From the October 2011 issue #192 Buy the issue now VIDEO: Watch bodger Don Weber split a log. BLOG: Read Peter’s blog on period shop practices and joinery. TO BUY: “17th Century New England Carving,” a...


Carve a 17th-Century Panel

Straightforward work with V-tools and gouges creates a lively result. By Peter Follansbee Pages: 51-55 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now Seventeenth-century New England joiners produced a variety of furniture forms; the most common surviving pieces are carved boxes and chests. The joined chests’ structure is a frame-and-panel format: often...


Arts & Mysteries: A 1600s Joiner’s Tool Kit

Period inventories offer a tantalizing glimpse – but not the complete story. By Peter Follansbee Pages: 22-23 From the June 2010 issue #183 Buy this issue now Seventeenth-century joiners made furniture in a style quite different from what came later. Their work relied almost entirely on frame-and-panel construction featuring mortise-and-tenon joinery. Nails played a...


Arts & Mysteries: Three-Legged Turned Chair

Panel seat requires beefy tenons for support. By Peter Follansbee Pages: 22-23 From the October 2010 issue # 185 Buy this issue now Seventeenth-century chairs come in many styles: plain turned chairs with woven seats, carved joined chairs in leather or wool, and one particular type of chair that is a little unusual these days - the...