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Issue Two Posters Now Available

In anticipation of Issue Two being only weeks away from arrival, we added Issue Two cover posters to our offerings. This detail shot of the banister-back chair featured in in this upcoming issue is important in my mind because it shows up close the tolerances found in period work. It’s a fascinating juncture between the turned elements, split banisters, and planed lower back rail. This photo was shot before I finished this piece and so it highlights the irregularities and textures inherent in the handcraft process. These posters are same size and cost as last time ($15) and are definitely a “while supplies last” kind of thing. (We still have some the half-off Issue One posters left if you want one of...

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Issue Two at the Printer

  I can now say with tremendous relief that Issue Two is officially in the hands of the printer. The past few weeks I’ve been slaving at the computer screen making sure every detail was exactly how we wanted it to be. There was (as always) a lot of back and forth with the contributors and interviewees. Although this slows the process down, we feel strongly that we don’t want to move forward on publishing something without the blessing of everyone involved. I am so delighted with how this issue has turned out. Although Mike and I have been riding the Issue One excitement for a year now, our enthusiasm for this second issue has dominated our attention. If you...

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Lost in Translation

One of the most exciting aspects of working with old handmade objects is deciphering the stories told by tool marks. An undercut here, some traversing there - these can give great insight into the thought process of the craftsman who first handled these pieces of wood centuries ago. But the language written by old bits of tool steel can be mysterious and inexact - our familiar rules of grammar don't apply.  How do you ask, "Did you use a template?" in Old Dovetail? Or, "What's with that drawer bottom?" in Rough Hatchet? It can be a great exercise in forensics trying to solve these very, very cold cases. Occasionally, a piece will contain a much clearer form of communication from...

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Gift Cards Now Available

  Because we’ve had several requests for gift cards over the past year, it has been on my list to do for a while. Well, good news: I’ve finally got that launched tonight.   Have you come up short on gift ideas for your furniture-nerd loved ones? Besides pre-ordering Issue Two, you could consider a gift card to the Mortise & Tenon store. If they already have the magazine, they can pick up one of our DVDs, a t-shirt, stickers, a poster, etc. Or if you’ve been asked you what you’d like, tell them you want a gift card here. We’ve got a good selection of goodies for you.   Gift cards are available here: http://mortise-tenon-magazine.myshopify.com/collections/gift-card/products/gift-card  

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A Minimally Invasive Strategy for Removal of Decorative Wrapping

  Fig. 1 Before Treatment Abstract This paper addresses a concern heard more than once from readers of Mortise & Tenon Magazine. The kraft paper and waxed thread wrapping has presented many a vexing conundrum: although anxious to explore the contents of the publication, they are hindered by the desire to preserve the physical integrity of the artistic wrapping. Several readers have commented that they even spent days perplexed by the matter until finally their desire for the contents outweighed the preservation of the pretty paper. This essay points out that, during original fabrication, shipping practitioners occasionally found need to safely disassemble said wrapping for adjustment, etc. Currently accepted opening practice is surveyed and a newly developed minimally invasive removal...

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 A Prerequisite to Benchwork

Yesterday my family spent the morning stacking firewood for the coming winter. Having both my seven-year-old and my (almost) two-year-old handling so much split wood I think embeds within them a deep awareness of the nature and properties of wood as a material. Eden (7) has known for years which logs make great splitting stumps and which ones are great for riving. He watches out for crotch wood and knows the implications of knots. Besides serving as a basic introduction for kids, I think all woodworkers should have some of this experience. Straight grain is understandable in theory but seeing how grain runs on a split burns it into your mind in a way you’ll never forget. If you haven’t...

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Indebted and Grateful

Wow. Thank you, readers. So many of you have clearly been excited about this next installment of M&T. Some of you were even crazy enough to stay up late or set your alarm to put in your order at midnight - the moment Issue Two came up for sale! What dedication! Thank you for your enthusiasm. Then, all day as I’ve been finishing up my last day teaching the SAPFM group in Atlanta, orders have been pouring in. There truly is a growing desire for understanding better and celebrating woodworking handcraft. I will be getting on a plane tomorrow morning to head out of Atlanta to kiss my wife and boys and sit down to dinner with them. The trip...

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Pre-orders Launched!

  I’ve just opened pre-orders for Issue Two! Get free shipping by putting your order in here:  http://mortiseandtenonmag.com/collections/magazine/products/issue-two     Check out the Table of Contents here.   

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Only a Few Hours Until Issue Two Pre-orders!

  Everything is all lined up to begin taking pre-orders starting tonight at midnight (Eastern time). As I’ve been editing through the material for months now, I have been getting more and more excited to get this issue in your hands. The table of contents, frankly, blows me away. How in the world was I able get such top-drawer folks to write such unique and enlightening material for this issue? I never thought I’d be part of a publication along with the names Don Williams, George Walker, Chris Schwarz, Peter Follansbee, Tim Garland, Zach Dillinger, Dave and George Sawyer, Skip Brack, and Michael Updegraff. As I’ve said before, M&T is simply the magazine I always wanted to read: No ads,...

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