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, a personal interview with Peter Lamb reveals his perspective and experiences accumulated over a lifetime of handicraft, and editor Joshua Klein pens a thoughtful analysis of David Pye’s work on the concept of “workmanship of risk” in crafting. Author and cabinetmaker Bill Pavlak examines the tool marks on centuries-old cabriole legs to learn about period processes. Michael Updegraff delves into “free-board” philosophy, connecting the modern woodworker to traditional workholding practices.
Inspired by Walter Rose’s 1937 memoir, The Village Carpenter, joiner Richard Arnold experiments with early hand-tool practices to discover for himself if making a simple four-panel inside door is truly a “good day’s work” for the pre-industrial craftsman. Furniture maker Kieran Binnie takes you through the design, function and culture of Welsh stick chairs created from naturally curved materials, as they have been since the 10th century. A photo essay examines an 18th-century high chest of drawers, studying small details of modifications and repairs as well as the reasoning behind those alterations.
Additional contributors include Brother Arnold Hadd, Jarrod Dahl and George Walker. 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, 2019.