Thomas Jefferson’s chairs

This chair was probably made at Monticello - by Thomas Jefferson's joiner and slave, John Hemings.  Whether TJ himself ever sat on it is up for discussion. [caption id="attachment_855" align="alignright" width="231"] Collection of Colonial Williamsburg[/caption] In the collection of Colonial Williamsburg, it is an example of a chair with less…

Design by Hand and Eye

I usually don't get involved with little snippets of things, but every once in a while something comes across the bench that shows significant creativity and an understanding of a more complex topic. This happens to be one. A great stop-motion short about designing a footstool using Leonardo's concepts embodied…

The Spirit House

Twelve years ago when we went to Thailand, we noticed architectural-model-sized decorated houses at almost every residence.  And hotel.  And public building.  But what are they, we wondered. They are Spirit Houses, and while we haven't seen any around here in Boston, we were intrigued .  A Spirit House is a…

Are Your Cleaning Supplies for Your Fine Furniture Eco-Friendly?

Now more than ever people are concerned about using eco-friendly cleaning supplies in their home, whether it be to scrub the bathroom floor or to maintain the beauty of their wood furniture. [caption id="attachment_655" align="alignright" width="199"] Source: freedigitalphotos.net[/caption] As a fine furniture maker, I understand that when you're commissioning a piece…
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