Thoughts Occasioned By An Anniversary . . .

 . . . A Plea For a Democratic Art In the October 1904 issue of “The Craftsman” magazine, Gustav Stickley looked back on three years of publishing and many more years as a furniture maker. The article is worth reading … Continue reading

Craftsman Furniture: History vs. Marketing

Harvey Ellis Chair from the Craftsman Magazine

My cynical side believes that there isn’t much difference between history and marketing, and my rational side has to admit that a lot of recorded history exists to sell something. Maybe not a specific product but a set of ideas … Continue reading

Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture – Special Price + Free Shipping

A little while ago the folks at the WoodNet Hand Tools forum were discussing Stickley furniture and where to get plans and information about building reproductions. I was flattered when my book “Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture” was mentioned. Originally … Continue reading

Router Templates for Mortises Made Easy (& Accurately)

  Jigs and templates are common in professional woodworking shops, as well as common topics in woodworking books, magazines and blogs. A good jig will do two things; make the work better and get the work done faster. If you … Continue reading

Nice Words About “Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture”

I’ve written a lot about my new book the “Great Book of Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture”, and I’m admittedly biased. I wrote the original book in this series because I thought that the furniture of the American Arts & … Continue reading

Last Copy of Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture

End of An Era and Thank You About this time of year eleven years ago, I was waiting to see what would happen when my first book “Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture” was published. It had taken awhile to move … Continue reading

New Shop Drawings Book Table of Contents

By request, here is the Table of Contents for the compilation book “Great Book of Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture.” Most of the larger pieces are available as large format plans, and you can see images of those pieces at … Continue reading

Legacy of Craftsman Furniture

Quartersawn white oak isn’t the easiest wood to work, but with experience and an understanding of its character, it is steady and predictable. In gaining that experience, you’ll better understand your own character. The work becomes a partnership between man … Continue reading