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Published Articles
The Elliptical Journey: Re-tracing the Origins of Federal Paterae

The intent of this article is to discuss the classical history and subsequent evolution, of inlaid oval decorative details of the Federal period in an effort to better define them. In the absence of any such resource, I have sought to re-create the patera's journey from the arcane to the sublime, from the tool of pagan ritual to Federal focal point.

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New Life for a Badlam Side Chair

In this article, I describe the restoration work I did on a side chair that was made by Stephen Badlam (1751-1815) of Dorchester, MA. The article originally appeared in Vol. 5 of American Period Furniture, journal of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers.

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Making a Sand-shaded Fan

Hot sand has been used for centuries to create the illusion of shading on two-dimensional work. This article shows one way to do it. The article originally appeared in Vol. 3 (2003) of American Period Furniture, Journal of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers.

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Carving Lessons from Salem: The Work of Samuel McIntire

I wrote this article after attending The Art of Woodcarving in America, a symposium hosted by the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem MA in 2007. The symposium coincided with an exhibit on Salem's native son, Samuel McIntire.

This article originally appeared in the June 2008 issue of WOODWORK Magazine, no longer in print but owned by F&W Publications.

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Construct a Crossetted Frame

Square and rectangular openings have been adorned with crossetted treatments for hundreds of years. In this article, I explain how to make a crossetted picture frame.

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Hanging Corner Cabinet

I've always appreciated some of the under-appreciated furniture forms. This form is technically called 'a hanging corner cupboard with pendant shelves.' This article explains how I built one.

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Therms

This article explores the origins and misconceptions of feet collectively termed therms.

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Meanders

Greek key and Vitruvian scroll are two examples of meander motifs. In this article I discuss examples and show where they have been used by cabinetmakers through the years. I also show the sequence for making a Greek Key banding.

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Reeding

The reeded elements found on Neo-classical furniture can trace their origins to Ancient Rome. In this article, I discuss reeds in depth and show how to create reeds on a turned leg with a scratch stock.

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Router-made Bandings

In this article I discuss some of the unique bandings I created by mating router bit profiles.

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How to Veneer a Sunburst

Radial matching of veneers is one of the most stunning treatments of a table top. This article will show you step-by-step how to lay-out and cut a 12-piece sunburst pattern.

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Beautiful Border Frames a Sunburst Table Top

Once you have mastered the sunburst motif, you will want to further embellish your table top. Read this to learn more!

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