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Editor’s note: We’re inviting our contributing editors and authors to write blog entries for us on all things woodworking – particularly related to articles they’re writing for the magazine. (We’re developing a new blog, the Popular Woodworking Contributors’ Blog, for that purpose, but for now, you’ll find these entries on the Editors’ Blog.)

Below, you’ll find a post from Zachary Dillinger, a talented woodworker who works only with hand tools as he makes bespoke furniture in his Michigan shop (to which he invites folks to visit). You can find out more about his work (and read his blog) at Eaton County Joinery. His William & Mary spice chest (shown at left) will be featured in an upcoming issue of the magazine. I’m delighted we’ve convinced Zach to write for us…and I’m more than a little envious of his talent. – Megan Fitzpatrick

In the 18th century, spices for flavoring food were, by default, reserved for the wealthiest of citizens. These spices were imported on merchant ships at extremely high cost, making them too expensive for the average person.


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