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Mike Dunbar: Chairmaker and Presidential Kingmaker?

Mike Dunbar: Chairmaker and Presidential Kingmaker?

Woodworkers know Mike Dunbar as the founder of The Windsor Institute, an expert in traditional woodworking techniques and the man behind the renaissance of the Windsor chair in the 20th century. But did you know he also was the man who drafted Donald Trump into a run for the presidency? Heck, I’ve known Dunbar for years, edited his articles and even attended a Windsor chairmaking class by him in May […]

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Roman Benches II

Roman Benches II

Roman workbenches have not left this world. In fact, some people might argue that they are still used today and are called shaving horses. While I don’t have a dog in that particular fight, I do have some evidence to present on how they were used up through the 20th century in their original form: … Read more »

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Roorkhee Chair Design Document

Roorkhee Chair Design Document

Whether you know it or not, you’ve probably seen a Roorkhee chair (or its children) at some point in your life. The chair was supposedly invented at the end of the 19th century for the British military. But it had a long life that extended into the 20th century and influenced many modern designers: Marcel … Read more »

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Build a Bench, Help a Serviceman

Build a Bench, Help a Serviceman

One of the biggest obstacles to beginning woodworkers is carving out a space to work in, and building a bench to work on. Recently, I built a pair of portable workbenches that are closely based on a now-disappeared commercial bench from the 20th century. These small-scale benches clamp to almost any surface, from a kitchen … Read more »

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Museum to Exhibit 20th-century Woodworking Icons

Museum to Exhibit 20th-century Woodworking Icons

Next month, the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, N.C., will open a shop of later 20th-century woodworking iconography titled: “Blood on the Adze: The Hegemony of Post-radicalist Disestablishmentarianism Among Followers of St. Roy.” The exhibit will showcase a number of objects that have recently been donated to the museum that shed new light Continue reading»

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