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Meet Master Craftsman Jim Ipekjian

Sometimes my geekiness for the work designed by early 20th-century architects Charles and Henry Greene and made by Peter and John Hall isn’t obvious. At other times, however, it has all the subtlety of a big brass band and a fireworks display. One of the things I’m looking forward to the most at the upcoming Woodworking in America conference is the rare opportunity to spend some time with the guy who knows more about Greene & Greene furniture than anyone alive. Jim Ipekjian has been restoring and reproducing this work for a long time, and he will be one of the featured presenters at the conference.

I met Jim a few years ago, and wrote an article about him and his work for the December 2006 issue of Popular Woodworking. He stays pretty busy with his work, and it isn’t often that he takes the time for an event like this. Jim will be speaking about his past work (including the restoration of the Blacker house and the recreation of its light fixtures and furniture) and what he’s currently doing (some exquisite inlay in the unique Greene & Greene style). In addition to his presentation, Jim will be available to answer questions and talk to attendees during some informal sessions.

I’m planning on indulging my geekiness, and I’ll be comfortable knowing I’m not alone. If you love fine furniture of any style, and want to learn from and spend some time with the most knowledgeable furniture makers and designers there are, you need to be in St. Charles, Ill., this August at Woodworking in America. If you haven’t yet, take a minute to check out the program. This is the first time that so many experts in so many different areas of furniture design and construction have gathered in one spot.

We’ve placed the Article on Jim Ipekjian online; you can read it by clicking here.

You can sign up for the Woodworking in America conference by clicking here.

, Robert W. Lang

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