This North Carolina beauty exemplifies the style of the early South.
By Glen D. Huey
From the November 2011 issue #193
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I don’t consider myself a furniture snob, but until recently, I’d not studied furniture from the South beyond pieces featured in “Southern Furniture 1680-1830: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection” by Ronald L. Hurst and Johnathan Prown (Colonial Williamsburg).
After spending a few days combing through file cabinets at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), I found I’ve been missing a vast array of gorgeous furniture.
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Portable productivity with a nod to steampunk style.
By Mag Ruffman
The glorious thing about being self-sufficient is that you can usually figure out ways to create what you need.
My latest need arose after a bad case of Burning Thighs Syndrome, a malady caused by sitting on the couch typing on a laptop computer. With my quadriceps performing as heat sinks for the laptop’s toiling battery, I had the hottest legs in Canada.
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This is a model of a laptop desk that was the “I Can Do That” project in the August 2011 Issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. Project design and construction by Mag Ruffman. Read more
This is a model of a writing desk that was featured in an article in the April 2009 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. Read more
A woodworking model, each entity is a seperate component so that it can be manipulated and measured individually. Read more
This is a model of a Shaker Trestle desk featured in an article in the August 2003 issue of Popular Woodworking magazine. Read more
Writing letters longhand is one of life’s simple pleasures, as is building this traditional lap desk. By David Thiel Pages: 70-75 From the June 2004 issue #141 Buy this issue now The portable writing desk was an integral part of 18th and 19th century life, when writing was the only form of long-distance communication. As … Read more