Part of my attraction to wood was the way it felt. In its natural state, wood was covered by bark that covered the undulating live edge. After being sawn into boards at a sawmill, the surface was covered in rough saw marks. Then, as the lumber was processed, the roughness was typically removed by planing or sanding, leaving … Continue reading Roots of Flair: Exploration of Texture and Latch Installation
After a busy Christmas season, I found some time to do some cleaning and organizing. I tackled the storage room, which houses parts, supplies, and infrequently-used tools. In an effort to consolidate, I have sorted through my inventory and filled up a number of boxes of things I didn't need. Many of the items would … Continue reading High Tide – The Biggest Overflow Ever
While looking through my collection of photos, I found a picture of a box that I made many years ago. It was my idea of what a treasure chest looked like. I have added this chest to my gallery under the year 2009. Although relatively small (only 13" long), it was made very sturdily and … Continue reading Found Treasure
Last week, Tom Iovino featured my site on his blog, Tom's Workbench. This was part of his write-up about my work. "Chris has a very skilled eye for design and incorporating bold, natural shapes in his woodworking projects." - Tom Iovino He also included this picture of me in my workshop. Ben Strano (@sonicfedora) spotted my … Continue reading My Fastener Storage System
Experienced woodworkers know that one of the keys to a successful project is to have the hardware that will be used on-hand before the planning stage is complete and building begins. While having a thorough (and accurate) understanding of the hardware is one reason to explore what is available, I also study hardware for inspiration. … Continue reading Hardware Inspires Me
In Part I and Part II, I built this prototype table which was to be mounted on a wall. The next step in the design and construction of the table was to install hardware that would allow it to be mounted to a wall. The simplest way to attach the table would have been a pair of big … Continue reading Black Locust Wall Table, Part III: Testing Blind Mounting Hardware
Last August, I got word of a call for submissions from Taunton Press for a new book on blanket chests. A few years earlier, I had built a small chest with compound-tapered sides and a coopered top. I had also forged the hardware myself, including the handles and strap hinges. I completed it the night … Continue reading Featured in a New Book!