Peter Follansbee

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Arts & Mysteries: Furniture – It’s Meant to be Used

In some contemporary households, 17th-century style storage prevails. by Peter Follansbee pages 58-59 I once sold a chair to a woman who later told me how much she loved it. “I never let anyone sit in it!” she exclaimed, apparently to show me how special it was to her. I told her that was...

Watch Follansbee & Underhill for a Streaming Good Time

Now streaming on PBS is the recent episode of The Woodwright’s Shop in which Peter Follansbee (the Arts & Mysteries columnist for Popular Woodworking Magazine) shows Roy Underhill how he hews out huge bowls. It’s a good one – watch below: — Megan Fitzpatrick P.S. If, like me, you can’t get enough of “The...

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Arts & Mysteries: Green Woodworking

While the term is easily understood, it’s not easily defined. by Peter Follansbee page 24 Back in the 1970s, there was an undercurrent in American woodworking that connected to an ancient past. After decades of home-workshop projects, many craftsmen were trying to understand some of the “old” ways of woodworking. One of these woodworkers...

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Woodworking in America Makes History

You may not really think about it, but much of woodworking is history. Today we use tools from centuries back, we assemble projects using joinery that has stood the test of time and we reproduce furniture styles from as early as 1650.That’s history. The photos to the left were not taken from my local...

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Woodworking in America: Classes I Plan to Attend

Woodworking in America is just around the corner. It will be upon us in no time – that’s great news for you because now is the time to register (click here) and make travel arrangements, if necessary. For me, however, this means that I have got to get started on the outline for my...

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A Visit to Peter Follansbee’s Shop

I spent the afternoon with Peter Follansbee at his shop at Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts – watching him work for a profile I’m writing about him for Popular Woodworking Magazine. “The Peter Show” – as some Plimoth employees refer to it – consists of Peter working in his shop as visitors pepper him with...

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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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The Best Oak Money Can’t Buy

The cost of this stock is physical exertion, but it’s fun and rewarding. By Peter Follansbee Pages: 38-43 From the October 2011 issue #192 Buy the issue now The riven oak that I use for joinery work is the best stock available; but it comes at a cost – the labor invested to produce it. Money...