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Wall Motto

Wall Motto

For a good while there has been a Latin quote on my workshop wall.  I’ve completely forgotten how it got there, but I do know what it means.  It says ars longa, vita nostra brevis est, literally “art is long but our life is short.”  I know that because I took Latin in high school […]


Zlomke Furniture Then and Now

Zlomke Furniture Then and Now

I own an ashtray and a yardstick, promotional products of the sort given away by small businesses when I was a boy in the 1950’s, which I acquired from a family source some time later.  They are important to me because they came from my Grandpa George’s furniture store in St. Paul, Nebraska.  The yardstick […]


Sentiment

I took some display pieces down to San Diego the other day, where their other design parent lives and works.  She is going to see if she can place them in a showroom in her market area.  This was the first time she had seen these particular pieces, if you don’t count photographs, and she […]


Art and Experience

Art and Experience

I was working on a design for a trestle table last month, trying to improve the base structurally, when before my eyes a perfectly utilitarian base changed into a pair of clown feet. I stopped working on the design, assuming that I had gone off the deep end in some way or other, and went […]


A Furniture Maker’s Blog

A Furniture Maker’s Blog

I have made wood furniture for more than thirty years. Although woodworking was my full-time occupation all through the 1980’s, in those early days I never had occasion to write anything about it beyond an occasional bit of advertising copy. Now, however, I find that I do have something to say about it; in fact, […]