Thursday, August 26, 2010

Yeah, but it's ugly...

One of the reasons it's fun to have a blog like this is that it gives me an excuse to look for and find new, interesting designs in wood. I don't always like what I find, but I don't typically hoke when see it. Well, I choked this time.

According to the PSFK blog, "Korean designer Su-jin Park has embedded classically styled furniture inside more modern variations. The work intends to represent the passage of time and the evolution of furniture." Okay...

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New Book from Woodsmith

The editors of Woodsmith and ShopNotes magazines have published a new woodworking book called, 200+ Woodworking Tips and Techniques. In addition to the 200+ tips in the book itself, it comes with a CD that includes 50 more tips, including videos.
This new book follows their previous tips compilation called 120+ Shop-Tested Tips and Techniques that went through four re-printings by my count, maybe five. In any case, they sold a ton of them, first on newsstands across the country, and then via email campaigns and on the

Just how many woodworking tips are there in the world? I don't know. But I do know that there are few if any repeats of "old" tips in the new book (I couldn't find any). One way they achieved that is that the new book is heavy on techniques and light on quickie tips. So this book would make an excellent and obvious companion to the 120 tips book.

Like the first tips book, this is also 100 pages, soft-cover, no ads. And it's a typical Woodsmith production with excellent art and photography through out.

200+ Tips and Techniques is $9.95. Shipping and handling are free. For a while, you'll be able to buy one at a newsstand near you. And now, and into the future, at the

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Wooden Puzzle Tables

Joinery junkies take note. This wooden puzzle table, and a whole suite of interlocking furniture by architect Petar Zaharinov, goes together with out nails, screws or glue. Here are some more examples of interlocking furniture.

{Thanks to PSFK Blog]

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Woodshop for Girls?

I grew up in Ohio in the 1950's and '60's. Guys took shop, girls had home ec. No guy I knew would have set foot in the home ec. classroom, and I never knew a girl who showed the least interest in woodshop (or metal working shop, or drafting). But it might have been better for all of us if there had been a bit of cross-culural exposure. Here's a case in point: