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Different Dovetail Joinery

You’ve read a number of posts on this blog about our upcoming book based on furniture, photos and information found at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) and in Old Salem. I’m working on drawings of a few of the pieces and have come across a second use of a dovetail joint...

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Do You See What I See?

As Glen Huey and I work on the drawings for our forthcoming book on early furniture from the American South, we keep having a similar conversation. We spent some time at both the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, and Old Salem Village in Winston-Salem, N.C. We shared time (and good Southern food) with...

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Southern Furniture Book

We’ve received a lot of good questions, suggestions and comments about our upcoming book on furniture from the collection of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) – thank you! Many readers have commented that the selection we posted doesn’t fully represent all the many types of furniture built in the South –...

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New Book on Southern Furniture: What Pieces Would You Include?

If you’re a student of furniture, furniture scholar, woodworker or just looking for another creative outlet, it’s a good thing that you stopped by to read this post. Popular Woodworking Magazine sent two editors (Yay, me!) to the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and to Old Salem – both in Winston-Salem, NC –...

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Secrets of a Museum Secretary

On May 9th, Bob Lang and I headed south to Winston-Salem, North Carolina for a quick visit to the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) and Old Salem. The purpose for our trip was to collect information and images for a Popular Woodworking Magazine project coming later in the year. What a great...