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This biannual publication celebrates the preservation, research and restoration of historic furniture. Its multi-disciplinary approach brings together the perspectives of furniture makers, conservators and scholars to span woodworking past and present, with focus on pre-industrial tools and methods.

In this issue, two apprenticed makers reflect on the experience of developing their skills with the guidance of expert craftsmen. In a modern apprenticeship, Will Wheeler learns to make ladder-back chairs from green wood; Joseph Brihiez embraces centuries-old apprenticeship traditions to acquire skills in hand-hewn timber construction.

In a letter to his sons, Joshua Klein shares insights on learning and self-reliance, and W. Patrick Edwards argues for preserving the knowledge and skills needed for future generations to build sustainably by hand. Examining the historic relationship between makers and their hand tools, George Walker perceives valuable information embodied in tools as they are passed to succeeding generations.

Jeff Miller creates his version of David Pye’s “fluting engine” for bowl carving, and Michael Updegraff shows how to weave a traditional cattail rush seat. Other features include an examination of an early 18th-century William and Mary gateleg table, an excerpt from John Ruskin’s 1853 treatise The Stones of Venice, and Al Breed’s recommendations of classic furniture-making texts for a woodworker’s reference library.

More like a book than a typical magazine, it is printed on heavy stock paper and richly illustrated with color photos. Sold as a single issue, not a subscription.

Softcover, 144 pages, 2021.

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