Woodworkers Resource: Greene and Greene Design

Most of you reading this article will be familiar with these most famous of architect brothers from Pasadena, Charles and Henry Greene, who are widely considered to have made one of the greatest contributions to the American Arts and Crafts Movement.

Today 's their designs remain an influence to many modern woodworkers, this can be seen through the work of woodworkers such as Darrell Peart and Jeffry Lohr. For those interested in American arts and crafts style woodworking the following sites may provide you a valuable resource:

The Gamble House

 

The Gamble House in Pasadena, California, is an outstanding example of American Arts and Crafts style architecture. The house and furnishings were designed by Charles and Henry Greene in 1908 for David and Mary Gamble of the Procter and Gamble Company. The house, a National Historic Landmark, is owned by the City of Pasadena and operated by the University of Southern California and is open for public tours.

Of special interest is a craftsman tour "details and joinery" by Jim Ipekjian which  shows from a craftsman's point of view how The Gamble House was crafted. In which he discusses why woods were chosen, and explains joinery techniques, and explores the thinking and collaboration that led to the actual craftsmanship.


The Greene & Greene Virtual Archives (GGVA)

 

The Greene & Greene Virtual Archives (GGVA) contains images of drawings, sketches, photographs, correspondence, and other historical documents related to the work of the architects Greene & Greene.


Woodworkers Portfolios: Furniture Makers

Below you can find a list of portfolios from top furniture makers.

Click on the links to open the page in a new window. If you want to recommend a woodworking site please send us details here.

I hope you discover something new. It took me absolutely ages to put together, so if you enjoyed it I would hugely appreciate any tweets/stumbles/diggs.


Furniture Makers


 Aaron Radelow
 
The furniture workshop of Aaron Radelow is where today's Royalty places their orders… 




Darrell Peart
Furniture reminiscent of Greene and Greene and the American Arts and Crafts style.





Christian H. Becksvoot
The finest in individually built Shaker and contemporary cherry furniture. Clean and subtle designs.





Pollaro
Makers of museum quality furniture, fitted cabinetry, and fine architectural woodwork.
 





W. Patrick Edwards
French marquetry, upholstery, designer furniture, consulting, teaching, and conservation. 

Hand Tools: Woodworking Hand Planes and Planemakers




Below you can find a list of my top Woodworking planes and planemakers sites. Click on the links to open the page in a new window. If you want to recommend a woodworking forum or any other woodworking site please do so here.

Anderson Planes  Traditional style handmade infill planes with bodies of bronze, brass, steel or wood.
Brese Planes   Ron Brese maker of fine hand planes for fine woodworking.

Bridge City Tools   John Economaki & Co.  Bridge City Tool Works - High-end woodworking hand tools.

Bill Carter Hand Planes   Known for his dovetailed box mitre planes, Bill has been making hand planes since the 1980′s.

Catharine Kennedy   Custom hand tool engraving.

Gerd Fritsche Traditional Hand planes   High quality traditional infill planes in the style of Norris.

Handplane Central  Great information on hand plane, Stanley planes, infill planes and plane making.

You might also like this post by Chris Adkins over at High Rock Woodworking: Making a set of wooden Green and Green inspired hand planes.

Making a set of wooden Green and Green inspired hand planes.

Heinz Antique & Collectable Tools   John Heinz maker of beautiful sculptured wooden planes, infill planes, hammers and other tools.

HNT Gordon Planes   Planes made from the hardest Australian woods and beautiful exotics from around the world.

Holtey Classic Hand planes   Considered by many to be some of the  the finest hand planes ever made.

Infill Plane Kits  Infill plane kits .

Knight Toolworks   Hand planes from exotic hard woods woods.

Marcou Planes   A plane maker from New Zealand who makes dovetailed planes that excel a planing difficult exotics.

Old Street Tool Inc  Makers of wooden molding and bench planes. 

Sauer + Steiner Toolworks  Home of Sauer & Steiner premier infill planes.

St. James Bay Tool Co.   Manufactures its own planes, squares, spoke shaves and violin maker's planes  inspired by antique tools of the 1880s and '90s.

Vesper Tools   Make a great bronze shoulder plane, as well as some excellent marking knives, squares, bevels and gauges.


Recommended Books
 
The Perfect Edge, by Ron Hock

The Perfect Edge
224 pages with over 400 photos, The definitive Book on sharpening hand plane blades. The book includes a lengthy chapter on tool steel metallurgy, heat treatment, even rust, as well as a chapter on abrasives: what they are and which one does what best, along with how-to chapters on how to sharpen your favorite tools. 


Making & Mastering Wood Planes
Interested in learning how to design and make you own hand plane? With this book and a weekend you can make your own plane and learn how to use it efficiently. You’ll learn a wealth of general woodworking knowledge and tips and acquire a solid understanding of the many fundamentals of fine woodworking. Master craftsman David Finck has written the definitive book in the field and a classic introduction to the fine art of woodworking. 


Woodworkers Portfolios: Carvers

Below you can find a list of portfolios from top wood carvers.

Click on the links to open the page in a new window. If you want to recommend a woodworking site please send us details here.

I hope you discover something new. It took me absolutely ages to put together, so if you enjoyed it I would hugely appreciate any tweets/stumbles/diggs.


Patrick Damiaens master wood carver and ornamentalist currently works  in Flanders, Belgium.  He mainly carves in the Liege and Aachen styles: furniture, wood panels and architectural details.


David Esterly works in the tradition of Grinling Gibbons (1648-1721), whose spectacular cascades of flowers, fruits and foliage revolutionized ornamental sculpture during the age of Christopher Wren. 




Chris Pye began woodcarving in 1975, originally studying under master carver Gino Masero. He is a member of the Master Carvers Association. His work covers a very broad range of styles: from the traditional, through modern, to post-modern, to studio-quality stand-alone pieces. 


 John Bryan Has been making things out of wood for the past thirty years. His work includes bas reliefs, mantels and sculpture.

Woodworkers Blogs: Sean Hellman

Sean Hellman  an accomplished green woodworker and photographer with a passion for trees. His blog (since 2009) covers many aspects of his hand tool work and green woodworking. 

Sean Business Woodwright Designs is based in Asburton in Devon, UK. In his work he designs and makes sculptural wooden seating as well as teaching traditional green woodworking skills from fan bird carving to spoons and boxes.

Here is a short video of Sean Hellman demonstrating the pole lathe at the Bovey Tracey Contemporary craft fair.



Recent Blog Posts:

Wooden cups, made by hand tools only, these cups are also known by some as kuksas. Each kuksa is made from one piece of wood.

Natural stones, the Charnley Forest stone

In his own words he has, " An  unhealthy interest in sharpening stones." Here is an interesting post for the tool collector, Sean introduces us to the naturally occurring Charnley Forrest water stone.

Tapered sliding dovetail bench


Sean shows us how he marks out and cuts sliding dove tails.

Woodworkers Blogs: Anthony Hay's Cabinetmaker


Here is a great new blog for those of you interested in woodworking history. The Anthony Hay's Shop at Colonial Williamsburg is dedicated to the exploration and execution of the cabinetmaker’s trade as was practiced in late colonial Virginia.  The shop featured in this blog employs only the tools, techniques, and materials (when possible) available to their 18th century counterparts.  Following in the footsteps of the historical Hay shop, the blog also explores the trades of carving and harpsichord making.

The site gives many insights in to the world of the 18th century woodworker as well as providing lots of information and ideas for the hand tool woodworker. Well worth a look.

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The Toothing Plane: A Tool of Our Time

Really Big Dovetails…but Why?

 

 
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