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Issue 8 T.O.C. – “Subversive Woodwright: An Interview with Roy Underhill”

Subversive Woodwright: An Interview with Roy Underhill   For 40 years, audiences from around the world have received their first taste of hand-tool woodworking from one source – Roy Underhill, star of “The Woodwright’s Shop,” author of many books, first master housewright at Colonial Williamsburg, and instructor at The Woodwright’s School. For those who have seen him on TV or heard him in person, Underhill is a living legend.   Joshua and Mike had the opportunity to spend a few days visiting Roy at his home in North Carolina (a renovated cotton mill), sitting in on a class at his school, and talking about a wide range of topics. For Issue Eight, we’ll share the conversation, covering Roy’s background, the...

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Issue 8 T.O.C. – “The Legend of the Jimmy Possum Chair” – Mike Epworth

The Legend of the Jimmy Possum Chair – Mike Epworth   Over a century ago in rural Tasmania, there appeared a new design of vernacular chair. Seeming at first glance to draw from Irish or Windsor traditions, the chair utilized a novel construction in which the legs and outer back spindles ran continuously through the seat and arms, a configuration that tightened and strengthened every joint when sat upon.   But who made these chairs? Tales told of a man who lived outside town in a hollow tree, building chairs with simple tools and selling or trading them to area farmers and inns, but today there survive no concrete records of this man’s existence. He was known as Jimmy Possum....

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Issue 8 T.O.C. – “Crafting an Education: Recreating Henry David Thoreau’s Desk with Eleventh Graders" – Cameron Turner

This is part of a blog series revealing the table of contents of upcoming Issue Eight. As is our custom, we’ll be discussing one article per weekday in order to give you a taste of what is come.   Please note that the subscription window which includes Issue Eight is open now through March 25th. ___________________________________     Crafting an Education: Recreating Henry David Thoreau’s Desk with Eleventh Graders – Cameron Turner High-school English class is a time often spent lost in the pages of Homer or Emerson, learning the use of metaphors and semicolons – about as cerebral and bookish as an educational pursuit can be. It’s miles away from the grit of the woodshop. But…what if it wasn’t? Author and educator Cameron...

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Issue 8 T.O.C. – “Examination: Grain-Painted Chest Over Drawers”

Examination: Grain-Painted Chest Over Drawers   Sometimes, you just get lucky. In Issue Eight, we will be examining an early-19th-century grain-painted chest over drawers that was found in a thrift shop at a bargain-basement price. As always, we will turn the examination piece inside-out and pore over it from every angle, gleaning as much as we can about how this chest was made. Its unique features (such grain painting all the way around, including the rough back boards), fine but irregular dovetails, and classic proportions make this a beautiful and informative exploration.

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Issue 8 T.O.C. – “Intermediate Technology in the Shop” – Harry Bryan

“Intermediate Technology in the Shop” – Harry Bryan   The classic Small is Beautiful by E.F. Schumacher has been an inspiring read for generations who have sought a human-scale approach to economics. The concepts of wise, sustainable consumption of resources and an appropriate use of technology for the benefit of everyone hold broad appeal – but how might we apply these ideals in the workshop?

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Issue 8 T.O.C. – “A Sense of Place” Amy Umbel

In an age when the old connection to local craft tradition, long passed down through families and generations, has been set aside in favor of mobility and the modern value of specialization, is it possible to find our way back?   In Issue Eight, author, maker, and artisan Amy Umbel shares her journey to find her craft heritage. From seeking to answer difficult questions of culture and identity, to exploring craft traditions in Sweden, Australia, and the Pacific Northwest, Umbel returns to her own roots in the enigmatic quilt patterns and brook-trout-laden streams of western Pennsylvania.

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