David Mathias

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New: William Ng Video on Greene & Greene Furniture Details

We’ve teamed up with extraordinary woodworker (and extraordinary woodworking teacher) William Ng on a new video that explores techniques for creating the details that make Greene & Greene furniture unique. Using jigs and easy-to-understand techniques, William teaches you how to make pillowed breadboards, ebony plugs, inlaid ebony splines and bars and more. And, you’ll...

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Greene & Greene’s Thorsen House

When you think of the work of Greene & Greene, you usually think of Pasadena, Calif. Pasadena is home to the Gamble, Blacker and Robinson houses, and there is a fantastic collection of the Greene’s furniture at the Huntington Museum a few miles away. But one of the “ultimate bungalows,” the Thorsen house, is...

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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...

The X Factor: Substance over Style

In a perfect world, styling and presentation wouldn’t be important. Or, at least, they would be less important than substance. I’ve been thinking about this since Saturday, courtesy of a bad television program. “The X Factor” is, as far as I can tell, “American Idol” with British accents — though I can’t be sure...

Greene and Greene Furniture-New Book

When you visit the Gamble House, the Scott Gallery at the Huntington Library, or any other exhibit of Greene and Greene furniture it’s easy to spot the woodworkers in the crowd. Just look back and down and you will see them, on their knees to get a close look at a detail that normal...

David Mathias' Book List

When Senior Editor Robert W. Lang asked me to provide a list of my favorite woodworking books, I quickly agreed thinking it would be an easy assignment. That should have been the first clue that I was in trouble. But I didn’t catch on until I was sitting in front of the bookcase trying...