Peter Follansbee

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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...

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Carve a 17th-Century Panel

Straightforward work with V-tools and gouges creates a lively result. By Peter Follansbee Pages: 51-55 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now Seventeenth-century New England joiners produced a variety of furniture forms; the most common surviving pieces are carved boxes and chests. The joined chests’ structure is a frame-and-panel format: often...

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Arts & Mysteries: A 1600s Joiner’s Tool Kit

Period inventories offer a tantalizing glimpse – but not the complete story. By Peter Follansbee Pages: 22-23 From the June 2010 issue #183 Buy this issue now Seventeenth-century joiners made furniture in a style quite different from what came later. Their work relied almost entirely on frame-and-panel construction featuring mortise-and-tenon joinery. Nails played a...