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 shipping out Issue Three to readers. 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, Photographer
Joshua is a furniture conservator/maker in mid-coast Maine. He wrote for years at his blog The Workbench Diary and, in more recent time, at the Popular Woodworking Shop Blog. He has also written for American Period Furniture, Popular Woodworking Magazine, and The Art of Manliness. Three years in a row, Joshua has been selected for the Early American Life Directory of Traditional American Crafts (2015-2017) for his hand-tool-only approach to period furniture making. He is currently writing his first book to be published by Lost Art Press about Jonathan Fisher, a rural 19th-century Maine cabinetmaker. Joshua, with his wife and two 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. (His full C.V. can be viewed here.)
Michael Updegraff, Editorial Assistant, Customer Service
Michael works as a furniture conservator at Klein Furniture Restoration. Prior to that, he spent over 10 years as a yacht varnisher, carpenter, and rigger. Along with his furniture work in the studio, Michael wears several hats with Mortise & Tenon, including (but not limited to): customer support, video editing, shipping, and general brainstorming. He lives in the Maine woods with his wife and three children, where they pursue a deeper understanding of our handcraft heritage and the knowledge of natural materials and old methods that continues to shape who we are today.
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 writes tool reviews for Popular Woodworking Magazine.
Megan Fitzpatrick, Copy Editor
You might know Megan Fitzpatrick from Popular Woodworking Magazine. She's the editor and in her day job there, she works with any and all kinds of tools (tailed or not), and publishes articles on all aspects of woodworking. But when time and circumstances allow, she prefers working with hand tools, and has an affinity for furniture styles from before her great grandparents were born.
In her spare time, she's currently 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 she's 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.