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Book Update...

10/22/2015 21:40:00 PM

My recent book has been updated. Same content, same number of pages, but structure is different. Writing this book has made me go back and recall accomplishments, failures and the struggle of being a furniture maker in today's disposable society. ...

Latest News....

07/29/2015 16:03:00 PM

Currently working on a furniture commission for a client. There is no deadline, although this sometimes prolongs the project. A famous saying I like to quote "If it weren't for deadlines, I would never get anything done".

Artist Talk...

06/22/2015 15:21:00 PM

I was recently contacted about giving an Artist Talk to a local arts organization. It didn't take much to convince me, especially after the organizer mentioned I would be paid a honorarium for my efforts. I then began work on developing on a ...

A Case for Dowels...

06/05/2015 07:17:00 AM

My latest book is complete and published, I can get back to woodworking now. Writing, editing, and publishing a book is such an intensive process, it demands total focus.In many of my cabinet assemblies I use dowels to attach the sides to the ...

The Case for Dowels...

05/28/2015 08:17:00 AM

My latest book is complete and published, I can get back to woodworking now. Writing, editing, and publishing a book is such an intensive process, it demands total focus.In many of my cabinet assemblies I use dowels to attach the sides to the ...

Latest Book...

05/14/2015 10:19:00 AM

My latest book is now complete and off to the publisher. I will be receiving print copies next week and an eBook version will be available in a few days. Pre-orders are welcome through www.woodskills.com . I'll post an actual photo of the book ...

Upcoming Book...

05/07/2015 16:54:00 PM

I feel like a hermit lately. My most recent project is to write another book. This book chronicles my woodworking journey over the past 30 years. As well, a considerable part of the book is devoted to the years leading up to the beginning of ...

Cabinet Backs...

04/26/2015 09:05:00 AM

Part of my cabinet design and build process involves the creation of a cabinet back. Conventional wisdom says the back of a cabinet is not nearly as important as the front or sides, so it merely needs a panel which is rabbeted into the sides, ...

Hand Tool Solace...

04/11/2015 11:39:00 AM

Interesting facts about using hand tools. Hand tool use usually requires harder physical work than power tools, but they offer a higher degree of skill and concentration in achieving accuracy. Hand tools will always be ensured a place in the ...

Mockups...

04/03/2015 09:30:00 AM

Valuable information from an earlier post on a display cabinet design. After completing the main case of a display cabinet, work began

Hand Planes...

03/29/2015 09:35:00 AM

Over the years I have amassed quite a few hand planes in my shop. The hand planes range from early wood and transitional planes to specialty rabbeting planes, block planes, bench planes and jointer sized planes. For a time, I enjoyed restoring ...

History of Furniture Design...

03/25/2015 10:11:00 AM

It is fascinating how furniture design has evolved over the centuries. If we return to the middle ages and the era before, quite a few developments in furniture construction techniques were in progress. Prior to this era, in the centuries before, ...

Dynamic Design...

03/21/2015 17:49:00 PM

Over the past years, I have come to use a new term in my design philosophy. The term, "dynamic design", allows me to modify a design to adapt to circumstances, for either technical considerations, or for purely aesthetic reasons. This is a term ...

Design (2)

03/17/2015 20:18:00 PM

In my previous post I discuss the concept of hatching a design and transferring it to paper. I now have a sketch on a pad and need to evolve this sketch into an object. At this stage I begin to refine the design, since it is but a sketch at ...

Design...

03/15/2015 13:00:00 PM

When you are creating either a piece of furniture or a wood object and not following a pre-determined plan, a design will need to be established. I hardly ever work from plans. The design process typically begins with an idea hatched in my mind ...

Scale models (maquettes)

03/13/2015 10:06:00 AM

The aXial Lounge Chair began as a sketch , drawings and a series of maquettes or scale models of the design. I typically sketch a design , then draw it either in pencil or through CAD software. This provides me the feasibility of the design... ...

New Ebook...

03/11/2015 11:00:00 AM

Upon my return from IDS15 in Toronto I needed a day or two to catch up on the many emails I received during my time away. I also had other business to tend to during the first few days of my return. Then a much needed break for a few days to ...

IDS15 Summary

03/11/2015 10:58:00 AM

After a hectic 5 days exhibiting at IDS15, I can say it was cool to be able to discuss my new chair design with so many people. The feedback and interest the lounge chair received was much higher than my expectations. The design is so new that ...

IDS15 Studio North

03/11/2015 10:55:00 AM

Studio North..an area of IDS15 set aside for emerging Canadian designers. The exhibitors in this area are juried and I am excited to be a part of it. This is my second year in Studio North and I will be introducing the newly designed aXial lounge ...

aXial Hi-back Lounge Chair

03/11/2015 10:49:00 AM

A glimpse of the new aXial Hi-back Lounge Chair I will be introducing at IDS15 in Toronto from Jan. 22-25. It is a contemporary styled hi-back lounge chair which features a unique X-pattern frame. The innovative X-pattern frame eliminates the ...