2017 Classes At Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Marc Adams School of Woodworking is a special place and I’ve been invited to teach a few classes at MASW in 2017. It is the largest woodworking school in the country with an incredibly well-equipped shop and an experienced staff … Continue reading

Shop Drawings for Greene & Greene Furniture-TOC

There was a discussion last week over at WoodTalk Online about Darrell Peart’s books on Greene & Greene Furniture and my book “Shop Drawings for Greene & Greene Furniture” was mentioned. The question was about what projects are in the … Continue reading

Large Format Plans Price Increase Coming

I began selling large format plans for reproductions of the furniture of Gustav Stickley, L & J.G. Stickley and other makers shortly after the publication of my first book “Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture“  in 2001. Plans for reproductions of … Continue reading

Greene & Greene Thorsen Serving Table Plans

The Thorsen House is in Berkeley, several hundred miles away from the Pasadena home of the Hall brothers shop. Only the dining room furniture was part of the original commission, and workers were sent to the job site to assemble … Continue reading

Greene & Greene Freeman Ford House Serving Table Plans

When I first made a reproduction of this piece for Popular Woodworking magazine, I hadn’t seen the original, but worked from an archive photograph. This drawing is a more accurate depiction of this unusual table. The legs are subtly sculpted, … Continue reading

Greene & Greene Bolton House Hall Chair Plans

High-backed chairs first appeared in the early 20th century in the designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright. This rendition by the Greenes has their signature design elements of cloud lifts and ebony pegs. Although it would make … Continue reading

Greene & Greene Blacker House Entry Hall Bench Plans

This bench with storage below the seats was made for the entry hall, and has many features in common with the Blacker House chairs, although the construction is simpler. The lags are rectangular, and the rail at the top of … Continue reading

Thorsen House Plant Stand SketchUp Model

Here is a more accurate SketchUp model of the Thorsen House plant stand, one of the projects that students can build in my “Real Details of Arts & Crafts Furniture” class. The model in the Popular Woodworking 3D Warehouse collection … Continue reading

Jim’s Blacker House Entry Bench

Sometimes our brains get wrapped around a problem, and we think we know what we need to solve it. A typical situation is a subtle angle, and a typical response is a desire to define it numerically: Purchased the two … Continue reading