WoodSkills Issue 02 - Page 20

FURNITURE MAKER

THE JOURNEY

An insight into the aspirations and defining moments in the quest to be a

furniture maker. This article chronicles a personal account of the journey

In this class, we had to create the angled tenons that attach the curved rail to the back legs by hand. This interesting exercise involved several calculations. A second course with Garrett Hack involved the design and build of a wall-mounted cabinet. The cabinet was constructed of clear pine with a lapped cedar back and a raised cherry door panel. The cabinet had a single door. The components of the small cabinet were created and shaped using hand tools. Each student had some artistic license to add additional elements to the design. This course provided me with knowledge of creating wall cabinets.

During this period, I discovered the developing phenomenon of blogging. Blogging was in its infancy but rapidly becoming popular. Thought was given to writing blog posts about furniture created in my workshop. Posts could also be written about my methods of work, furniture designs and woodworking philosophy. This became very appealing since I enjoyed writing.

An initial blog was created in early fall 2007 and entries were posted, typically every three days. Each post would also include an image or two. The blog, The Refined Edge, grew in popularity and a considerable following developed. I enjoy blogging and continue to blog about woodworking today. With a new emphasis on cabinets, the need turned to developing new marketing channels. Shipping cabinets of this size could get complicated and costly.

The preference became to establish a local market for my work. My city is large although not as large as nearby urban centers. Since the large urban centers of Toronto and Montreal were a only few hours away, transporting furniture on my own to these centers was a viable option. The real challenge would be to educate people on the benefits of one of a kind, heirloom furniture and the customization options available.

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Dovetailed drawers with alternate

dovetail layout ratios shown

by Norman Pirollo