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A Blog for Woodworkers by Gary Rogowski
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Mastery Show

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 2:45pm

Two years. Long time, two years. And yet for the graduating Mastery students, I can tell you that it seems like a flash of light that just flew by.

Join us First Thursday, October 5th from 5-7:30pm. There will be work from six accomplished woodworkers on display at the Studio. They have spent two years working, designing, thinking, worrying, stressing in order to make and show their final Signature pieces. Please come by and take a look.

Base Camp Brewing says howdy as well. I hope to see you there.

1-Mastery 2017

1-Signature Gaming Cabinet Shea RMP

 

 

 


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The Backs of Things

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 9:35am

I have a cabinet I’m finishing up. It has some nice inlay on the front of it. This is visually appealing and the inlay is raised up so it’s tactile as well. The cabinet itself has tapered lines to it so it has some interest. On this version of the cabinet, I wanted the back to be important too.

I took the time to carry my tapering motif around to the back boards. Spending a little extra time here does not pay off immediately. It takes longer. I fuss more with the fit of the back. But in the long run, every time I see the back, I say to myself, Worth it.

Some jobs are not done for the client. They’re done for me and my satisfaction.

 

Tapered back slats


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Furniture Styles

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 4:14pm

I had a Mastery student write me recently and ask this question.

“Do you know of any resources or books that would be a good source to study different furniture styles and what defines the style?  (ie. Greene and Greene, Chippendale, classic styles, etc.)”

A loaded question. Here’s my answer.

“The Randall Mackinson book on Greene and Greene is fantastic. But more have come out in the past few years. The Franz Karg book on Solid Wood Cabinets is great. The Soul of a Tree by Nakashima is a classic as are the Krenov books but especially, A Cabinetmaker’s Notebook.
Look for books by period and not just for furniture. For instance the books on Art Nouveau and Art Deco by Alastair Duncan are fantastic. Other periods then would be Arts & Crafts, the Bauhaus Movement, Dutch Expressionism, de Stijl, Victorian, Edwardian. The list goes on. Empire, Louis XIVth, Biedermeier Furniture.
And that’s just European. There is Chinese Furniture. The Gustav Ecke book is a classic. Look at African art, Japanese temple construction and garden design. Start reading it all. You will start to see how design is universal and individual and everyone is stealing everyone else’s ideas and using them for their own purposes.
Have fun.”

Simple questions always seem to beget long answers.
Taper Oak Chest Inlay

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