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A Greene & Greene Table Challenge

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Interested in a woodworking challenge? Think that participating or just watching the event from your shop would be a hoot? LumberJocks, a group of 500+ woodworkers from around the world, announces the Thorsen Side Table Challenge #1.

What do they have in mind? Begin with the Thorsen House table from the cover of Popular Woodworking February 2007 as inspiration, then each participating member finds a new way, new idea or simply adds their personality to the design to make it their own.

The Thorsen table , from the Thorsen House in Berkley, Calif. , is one piece out of a huge collection of great furniture design from architects Charles and Henry Greene. Though often associated with the Arts & Crafts movement, Greene & Greene furniture designs reflect an Asian influence.

How does Popular Woodworking fit into the mix? Why are we announcing this challenge on our blog? Aside from the fact that LumberJocks is using the cover piece from the magazine, we, Popular Woodworking, are offering a free one-year subscription (hopefully it’s an extension!) to any participant of the challenge. You’ll need to become a member of LumberJocks (sign up , it’s free) to be a participant.

Also, we, the Popular Woodworking editors, have agreed to be judge, jury and , with any luck , not executioner of the challenge. We’ll pick the winner, as well as a few honorable mention picks, that will be announced in the blog. Plus, we’ll print pictures of the winners in the pages of Popular Woodworking magazine (if the picture quality is printworthy).

One additional interesting twist of furniture and design history , Charles and Henry Greene were born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the home of Popular Woodworking.

,Glen Huey

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  • Glen D. Huey

    The accolades go to the members of LumberJocks. When they contacted us with the idea all we had to do was jump onboard. It’s a great idea, a fantastic table and should be an interesting challenge.
    I’m looking forward to the contest and plan to watch the event unfold.

  • Ethan


    It’s worth signing up just to read all of the LumberJocks trash talk going on in the Challenge discussion!

    I’m excited to see all the different interpretations of the Greene and Greene table – what a great idea!

    Thanks so much to you and the PW crew for getting this put together!



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