Joint Stool

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Make a Joint Stool, Make Some Friends & Have a Lot of Fun

Peter Follansbee tells me that in his “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” class at The Woodwright’s School, there are still a few seats available. The class runs from July 15-19 at Roy Underhill’s school in Pittsboro, N.C. You should go. I took this class during a blazing North Carolina summer two years...

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The Joint Stool as Hiding Place

It would be nigh-on impossible to find a house in the early modern* period that didn’t have  a “joynt stool,” “joyned table” or “joyned forme.” What’s a “joynt stool?” Randle Holme, in the fascinating (and massive) tome “Academy of Armory and Blazon” (1688), writes, “It is so called because all made and finished by...

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‘Make a Joint Stool from a Tree’ (and More on Follansbee)

We’ve just added to our store what I think is one of the most important woodworking books I’ve seen in some time: “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree: An Introduction to 17th-century Joinery,” by Jennie Alexander and Peter Follansbee (Lost Art Press). Sure, given my interest in all things early modern, I’m partial...

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A Bus(wo)man’s Holiday

For the first time in seven years, I’m taking an actual vacation. Sort of. My neighbors have agreed to feed the cats, so I’m packing up my car and heading to Pittsboro, N.C., at the end of the month to take a class at Roy Underhill’s The Woodwright’s School. I’m very much looking forward...

I Took You For a Joint Stool

This circa 1670 joint stool is from Wallace Nutting’s “Furniture Treasury.” I’ve been reading a bit of Shakespeare lately (everyone should have a hobby, no?), and in several of his plays, the term “joint stool” appears, often in the service of a taunt. That’s piqued my interest in “moveables,” that is, early modern stuff...