M&T is a biannual print magazine celebrating the preservation, research, and recreation of historic furniture. To sign up for a yearly subscription (2 issues), visit our subscription page. We are now taking orders for Issue Six. Hear our case for hand-tool-only furniture making at this podcast.
A MERGE OF PERSPECTIVES
The only reason we know as much as we do about period craftsmen is because of the rigor of scholars. These folks live, breathe, and sleep historic research. We take some time to sit down with the nation's most preeminent furniture scholars and discuss life, furniture, and scholarship methodology.
ESSAYS, TUTORIALS, INTERVIEWS
M&T brings readers a wide variety of content. We believe a full appreciation of period furniture making practice comes from an integrative approach where your mind is as engaged as your hands are in learning. For this reason we have essays to expand your knowledge, tutorials to expand your skills, and interviews with the masters to inspire you to better work.
ANALYSIS OF ARTIFACTS
The only way to fully understand the furniture making of the past is to carefully analyze the objects themselves. Every master period furniture maker has spent countless hours in their career scrutinizing the original masterpieces: the minutia of joinery, tool marks, and surface characteristics that don’t translate well to plan drawings or typical museum photography. Because access to this information is so critical to our understanding, every issue of M&T provides documentation of period objects specifically highlighting the areas not often seen. We want to give you an up close view of the underside, the back, the drawer bottoms, the varying surface qualities, and the irregularity of hand prepped components. These are the things that neither Sketch-up plans nor museum visits can give you.
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THE M&T TEAM
Joshua A. Klein, Editor-in-chief
Joshua is a furniture conservator/maker in mid-coast Maine. He wrote for years at his blog The Workbench Diary. He has also written for American Period Furniture, Popular Woodworking Magazine, and The Art of Manliness. Joshua has been selected every year since 2015 for the Early American Life Directory of Traditional American Crafts for his hand-tool-only approach to period furniture making. He is the author of Hands Employed Aright: The Furniture Making of Jonathan Fisher (1768-1847) published by Lost Art Press in 2018. Joshua, with his wife and three sons, is currently restoring a 200-year-old cape while homesteading on the coast of Maine always with an eye to learn from his cultural heritage.
Michael Updegraff, Editorial Assistant
Michael Updegraff lives in the Maine woods with his wife and three children. His jack-of-all-trades working background includes time as a house carpenter, sternman on a lobster boat, maker of custom canoe and kayak paddles, and 10 years as a yacht carpenter, varnisher, and rigger. Besides loving his editorial, customer service, and videography work for M&T, he enjoys running mountain trails, making useful things from trees, and drinking good coffee on road trips. Otherwise, he is likely somewhere in the forest, bucking and splitting next winter’s firewood supply.
Jim McConnell, Content Editor
Jim is a husband, father, student of life and chronic tinkerer currently based in Eastern North Carolina where he leads a faith community and learns something new practically every day. He enjoys building furniture, playing music and curating his blog The Daily Skep in the belief that fostering such a virtual guild of makers, doers and dreamers is a vital and important way to share ideas and information about the work we all love so much. Jim serves as content editor for Mortise & Tenon Magazine and has written tool reviews for Popular Woodworking Magazine.
Megan Fitzpatrick, Content & Copy Editor
Megan Fitzpatrick is a woodworking editor and writer, and teaches classes in hand-tool woodworking at schools and workshops throughout the United States. She's a former editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine, and is delighted to now have far more time to spend at her bench.
In her spare time, she's rehabbing a 1906 four-square house that was turned into apartments in the 1950s; she's turning it back into a single-family home. Someday, after Megan is done with the house (so possibly never), she plans to make period-appropriate furniture for every room. But she used to study Shakespeare – so she might just fill the place with joint stools instead.
Elise Burnett, Customer Service
Elise Burnett lives on the coast of Maine with her husband and two children. She enjoys homeschooling her kiddos, studying herbs and natural healing, making soap and non-toxic body care products, as well as spending time outside in the woods, on the shore, and in the garden with her family. She has always loved history and learning about "the old ways" of doing things. She loves reading and communicating with people through writing. She is excited to be part of the Mortise and Tenon team, working in customer service, and helping support the work of M&T behind the scenes.