Great Woodshops

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Great Woodshops: Modernica

21st-century beauty from Baltic birch and bent lamination. by John Hutchinson Pages: 76-82 From the November 2006 issue #158 Buy this issue now As I looked at the “Modern” furniture coming to life in the Modernica workshops of brothers Frank and Jay Novak in Los Angeles, Calif., I couldn’t help comparing it to the...

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Great Woodshops: Craftsmanship Done Safely

Kelly Mehler’s school refuses to sacrifice proper guarding when teaching proper woodworking. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 84-87 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now Woodworking teacher Kelly Mehler got his start in the schooling business in an unusual way. His first teaching job was to instruct patients at a rehabilitation center...

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Great Woodshops: Great Work from a Small Shop

Robert L. Millard builds fine Federal reproductions in a one-car garage with just a few small machines. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 80-82 From the November 2007 issue #165 Buy this issue now Whenever woodworkers get together shop space becomes a major topic. I’ve heard, “How large is your shop?” on more than one...

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Great Woodshops: College of the Redwoods

Krenov’s woodworking school turns silver as the rest of us go gray. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 70-72 From the August 2007 issue #163 Buy this issue now One of the problems of getting older is the realization that events that seem recent actually happened decades ago. A conversation with a co-worker about movies...

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Great Woodshops: Songs from the Workbench

Singer and songwriter Guy Clark builds both melodies and guitars in the woodshop of his Nashville home. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 84-86 From the June 2007 issue #162 Buy this issue now Songwriter, singer and luthier Guy Clark doesn’t like technology. “I put away all my recording stuff, built this workbench, ordered some wood...

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Great Woodshops: Woodworking With a Mission

Tillers International teaches sustainable skills to help improve lives. By Jeff Skiver Pages: 74-76 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now Most woodworking classes start the same way – with the students introducing themselves and telling about their backgrounds and interests. The most recent class I attended, at Tillers International, was...

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Great Woodshops: A Century of Gerstner

One woodworker’s toolbox launched this thriving family business. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 76-79 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now The dream of starting a nice little business is common among woodworkers, and it isn’t anything new. In 1906, Harry Gerstner followed his dream and established H. Gerstner & Sons...

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Great Woodshops: Using Wood to Make Waves

Reuben Margolin uses scraps to explore science, nature and math. By Raphael Rosen Pages: 74-77 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now At this moment, Reuben Margolin is building a gigantic wooden sculpture that moves. It’s titled “Yellow Linear Wave,” and is one of his many creations – usually built out...

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Great Woodshops: Country Workshops

This sylvan school offers a wide variety of classes in woodworking and more. By Stuart Page Pages: 58-59 From the June 2010 issue #183 Buy this issue now Country Workshops began when Drew Langsner and his wife, Louise, moved from California to the Smoky Mountains. On their farm, a 15-minute drive from the nearest tarmac, they’ve built...