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Uncommon Arts & Crafts

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There is a wealth of amazing Arts and Crafts design to be found outside the mainstream—away from the well-known and much-heralded pieces by the likes of the Greene brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. During the heyday of the Arts and Crafts movement, makers in shops throughout America and Europe drew on the philosophy of that movement to produce furniture that was personal, adventuresome, and distinctive. Here is a look at some of those pieces.

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Published at Wed, 05 Feb 2014 05:00:00 +0000

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A Short History of Built-in Furniture

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Although strictly an oxymoron, since by definition “furniture” in the woodworking sense is generally understood to refer to movable pieces, the term built-in furniture may be taken to mean fixed architectural elements that provide the same function as their movable namesakes. Sometimes, indeed, the term may refer to a separate piece of furniture that has been fixed in place and which now employs part of the surrounding architecture as an integral part of its construction, such as a wall that forms the back of a built-in cabinet.

The concept is not new, the earliest examples being wall benches, settles, and aumbries that date back to the Middle Ages, all originally built as architectural features, but which subsequently developed into stand-alone pieces of furniture.

Examples of contemporary furniture that may be usefully designed as built-in furniture include various shelving (see Cupboards), beds, benches, bookcases, cabinets, mirrors, and entertainment centers. Fireplace mantels can also be categorized as built-in furniture, in the sense that these can be constructed with the same joinery and tool techniques as a free-standing piece of furniture.

Note that some built-in furniture can by definition only exist as such, for example, window seats and closets.

Graham Blackburn is a furniture maker, author, and illustrator, and publisher of Blackburn Books (www.blackburnbooks.com) in Bearsville, N.Y.

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Published at Mon, 12 Sep 2005 04:00:00 +0000

Lateralus

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Everything about Tool’s fourth album (2001) is an experience, starting with the packaging, which consists of liner credits printed on a translucent plastic sleeve over the CD and a booklet that layers anatomical representations atop one another–the first page pictures musculature and blood vessels; the next, bones; the third, internal organs; and so on. It’s worth describing the packaging of Lateralus because it says much about the astonishing music within. Maynard James Keenan and company understand the expectations riding on this much-anticipated release and they’ve delivered the goods! While it remains in the Tool tradition of trance-inducing progressive metal, Lateralus is tighter, clearer, crisper, and all around a notch above their admirable previous releases. Aenima was marred by muddy production and a certain predictability. Undertow had a cleaner sound but wasn’t as confident or adventurous. With Lateralus, Tool have raised an already lofty bar still higher by coming up with a collection that kicks major ass.

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Everything about Tool’s fourth album is an experience, starting with the packaging, which consists of liner credits printed on a translucent plastic sleeve over the CD and a booklet that layers anatomical representations atop one another–the first page pictures musculature and blood vessels; the next, bones; the third, internal organs; and so on. It’s worth describing the packaging of Lateralus because it says much about the astonishing music within. Maynard James Keenan and company understand the expectations riding on this much-anticipated release and they’ve delivered the goods! While it remains in the Tool tradition of trance-inducing progressive metal, Lateralus is tighter, clearer, crisper, and all around a notch above their admirable previous releases. Aenima was marred by muddy production and a certain predictability. Undertow had a cleaner sound but wasn’t as confident or adventurous. With Lateralus, Tool have raised an already lofty bar still higher by coming up with a collection that kicks major ass. –Genevieve Williams

Price: $9.83

  • Artist: TOOL
  • genre: Popular Music
  • product type: Compact Disc
  • Release Date: 15-MAY-2001
  • Returns Accepted?: Yes
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Tables & Chairs

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Tables and chairs of all kinds—hall tables, dining tables, coffee tables, side tables, benches, dining chairs, Adirondack chairs—are a central part of our homes and our lives. Fine Woodworking’s Tables and Chairs is designed to inspire you and help you build them. This special collection features 12 projects you can build, with advice from experts such as Christian Becksvoort, Kevin Rodel, Michael Pekovich, and more. 

In addition to the furniture projects, you’ll get tips on finishing, dealing with wood movement, working with curves and angles, and a gallery of inspiring pieces. Be sure to consult our list of videos and step-by-step video workshops that make it even easier to build your next table or chair.

  Purchase your copy  of our Tables & Chairs special issue today.

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Published at Wed, 30 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000

Walnut Hollow Basswood Country Plank Extra Long, 23-inches for Woodburning, Home Décor and Rustic Weddings

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Made from Basswood, this long version of the Country Plank measures 23-Inch. The rustic, natural bark is very popular in home decor settings. Use for sign making, woodburning and woodcarving techniques. Made in the USA.

Price: $13.99

  • Width between 7.00-9.00 inches
  • Solid Basswood
  • Retains the natural bark
  • Ideal for wood burning, carving or routing
  • Made in USA
  • Width between 7.00-9.00-Inch
  • Ideal for wood burning, carving or routing
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Oxford Inspiration for Homemade Balustrade

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A balustrade at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, England, captured Fred Ziegler’s imagination when he studied there in the 1960s. The interlocking arches intrigued him and the design rattled around in his brain for years. Decades later, he finally excised the pattern by incorporating it into a balcony in his new timber-framed home.

Ziegler crafted the columns from reclaimed 100-year-old factory beams made of Douglas fir. He turned the arch segments on a 36-in. faceplate lathe. The challenge was to adapt the original limestone design to wood and master the geometry of the intersecting arches. Watch the slideshow (click on the button above) for details on how he completed the project.

Old Cook's MillThe balustrade is just one of many notable fixtures on Ziegler’s property. He and his wife retired to West Virginia and bought an 1857-era water-powered mill (left). They’ve since worked to turn the Old Cook’s Mill  into a center for traditional crafts. They installed woodworking equipment in the mill itself, set up a forge building for metal work, and are preparing another outbuilding for weaving. Ziegler houses his collection of antique woodworking tools in a fourth outbuilding.

Photos: Steve Brightwell, Beckley, W Va.

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Published at Mon, 21 Apr 2008 04:00:00 +0000

Aenima

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With its heavy-duty distortion, weighty rhythms, and cynical lyrics, Tool is a heavy metal band for the ’90s. Rather like Metallica circa …And Justice for All, the sound is focused heavily on texture, with vocals and guitars layered one atop the other, and heart-pounding drums underlying everything. There’s not a whole lot of variety on Tool’s second full-length album–most of the songs start off fairly low-key, kicking into high gear for the chorus, and repeat–but Maynard James Keenan’s distinctive voice, the prog-rock stylings over a heavy metal base, and a supremely unhealthy dose of vitriol make this the perfect album to bang your head to.

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With its heavy-duty distortion, weighty rhythms, and cynical lyrics, Tool is a heavy metal band for the ’90s. Rather like Metallica circa …And Justice for All, the sound is focused heavily on texture, with vocals and guitars layered one atop the other, and heart-pounding drums underlying everything. There’s not a whole lot of variety on Tool’s second full-length album–most of the songs start off fairly low-key, kicking into high gear for the chorus, and repeat–but Maynard James Keenan’s distinctive voice, the prog-rock stylings over a heavy metal base, and a supremely unhealthy dose of vitriol make this the perfect album to bang your head to. –Genevieve Williams

Price: $8.26

  • Artist: TOOL
  • genre: Popular Music
  • product type: Compact Disc
  • rating: PA
  • Release Date: 1-OCT-1996
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How I Make a Rocker

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Take a look back at this classic article from FWW #42, in which the celebrated furniture maker Sam Maloof explains how he makes his timeless rocker designs.

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Published at Wed, 10 Feb 2016 05:00:00 +0000

Fonder Mols Unpainted Natural Round Blank Wood Slices (Pack of 50)

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· Looking for a unique and extraordinary craft idea?
Create your own unique necklace or Keychain! Draw or paint -do it as you like!
· We offer top quality original natural unpainted wood pieces.

Specifications
Wood Dimensions: Diameter betwween 3 to 5cm

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Keep it away from water.

Price: $16.88

  • Our Wood Slices Dimension is between Diameter 3 to 5 cm.
  • Pre-Sanded And Ready to Draw or Paint. Draw your love on it. Diy Work, Do It By Yourself to Create Unique fabulous arts with our wooden pieces.such as Necklace and Keychains. Excellent Craft Idea.
  • Made of Natural Cinnamon Tree Wood Pieces with Tree Bark and Its natural shape and texture are almost different from each case.
  • Just feel free to contact us if you have any problems with your order, retrun and refund will be authorised without any questions.
  • We also have larger size for our customer to choose:dimention between 6-8cm, dimention between 7-9cm, dimention between 10-13cm, just contact us for more information if you have interests on it.
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Free Furniture Plans from the Pages of Fine Woodworking

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Our collection of six free woodworking plans offers a variety of furniture articles from the pages of Fine Woodworking magazine—from coffee tables and beds, to a classic six-board chest, and even a dedicated sharpening station for hand tool enthusiasts—you’re sure to find a woodworking project that inspires.

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Published at Fri, 15 May 2015 21:02:06 +0000

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The Coolest Cutting Board Ever?

Scott Lewis

Lets face it: if you’re an accomplished woodworker, a cutting board isn’t exactly the most exciting of projects to produce. That is unless you’re Canadian craftsman Scott Lewis. Lewis—who also moonlights as a video producer—constructs a large cutting board adorned with beautiful intersecting curves of contrasting woods in this self-produced video.

By combining a router, bearing guided bits, and a bandsaw, Lewis is able to pull off a head-scratching design with relative ease. If you’re in search of a bit of woodworking inspiration, look no further. You’ve found it right here.

More from Scott Lewis

For even more inspiring woodworking video, be sure to check out Lewis’ piece on Incredible Bendable Wood.

(source for the 3/4 in. fluting bit used to make the finger grips)

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Published at Tue, 26 Mar 2013 19:05:50 +0000