November 2012


Peter Ross: Controlled Irregularity

This smith’s hand-forged tools and hardware combine art and function. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages 64-68 Today, we aim for too much perfection; period work wasn’t like that,” says blacksmith/whitesmith Peter Ross. Handwork, he says, is a culmination of learning to do things quickly with few tools and little fussing, whether that’s working with iron or working with...


Jameel Abraham: Benchcrafted Tools

This Iowa-born toolmaker, woodworker and luthier strives for perfection. By Steve Shanesy Pages 46-52 Family has clearly played an important role in the development of Iowa-born woodworker and toolmaker Jameel Abraham. In 2006, Jameel, along with his brother, Father John Abraham (an Orthodox priest), and their father founded Benchcrafted – makers of a handful of high-quality, primarily...

New Yankee Workshop

Norm Abram: Life After ‘New Yankee’

Can America’s most recognizable woodworking personality actually retire? By Jefferson Kolle Pages 54-62 Norm Abram first stepped in front of a television camera in 1979 as the lead carpenter on “This Old House,” a show on which he still appears. A decade later, Norm began “The New Yankee Workshop,” and for 21 seasons he taught a glued-to-the-screen...