Classic 19th Century Chinese stools

Classic 19th Century Chinese stools

About 20 years ago I saw one of these three-legged stools at a client’s home. I was drawn to its simplicity, but at the same time the complexity of its joinery. I made up my mind right then that I would build one in the future. It wasn’t until about 12...
Documentary on building furniture

Documentary on building furniture

I was honored to be featured, along with Jeff Cobabe and Michael Ensign, two phenomenal artists/craftsmen, in a documentary about designing, building, and finishing a piece of furniture. The Salt Lake City Chapter of The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art...
Marc Adams 2018

Marc Adams 2018

I enjoyed once again being an instructor at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. This year I taught 14 students how to build a bow-front table using a blend of machine and hand tools. The MASW has great facilities, outstanding staff, and some of the friendliest...
Wood Turning with Marcus Reid

Wood Turning with Marcus Reid

Marcus Reid apprenticed with me right out of high school. I consider him a great friend and now a mentor. He is an amazing artisan. Whether he building furniture, making string instruments or turning wood, he excels. As a teacher he sets lofty goals for the students,...
2018 Summer Internship: Part One

2018 Summer Internship: Part One

The internships are progressing nicely. We worked on several group projects during the first week. Among them…an Enfield Shaker Cabinet, a Kumiko wall cabinet, and a bow-front sofa table. Here are a few shots of how the work is progressing:
Summer 2018 Internships: Meet the students

Summer 2018 Internships: Meet the students

The Joiners Bench is pleased to offer summer internships to several students interested in enhancing their furniture-making skills. Students work on one or two of their own furniture projects, as well as several group projects, in a collaborative setting. Outstanding...
Springtime at the Joiners Bench

Springtime at the Joiners Bench

In addition to the wood shop, the Joiners Bench includes a small home with lots of trees and plants. I love it in the spring when the flowers start to bloom and the trees take on their green leaves. I thought it would be fun to take a break from the woodworking and...
Fine Woodworking Live 2018

Fine Woodworking Live 2018

It was my pleasure to be a presenter at Fine Woodworking Live 2018 this past weekend. I always enjoying seeing the FW staff, as well as the talented woodworkers from all around the country who come together for a weekend filled with hands-on presentations and...
Sea Chest Workshop

Sea Chest Workshop

Sea Chest Workshop The past month has been super busy. In addition to my commissioned work and regular teaching responsibilities at Salt Lake Community College, I taught three workshops on how to build this eye-catching sea chest. Two of these classes were held at the...