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George Nakashima & Paper Clips

George Nakashima & Paper Clips

On vacation in New York recently, I visited a gallery show entitled “George Nakashima:  In Conversation,” described by its organizers as a collaborative exploration of the interaction of furniture by George Nakashima with the work of several contemporary artists.  The gallery space, named UNTITLED, displayed a sampling of Nakashima’s furniture in juxtaposition with a variety […]


Sherlock Holmes in the 21st century

Sherlock Holmes in the 21st century

We have not had broadcast TV in our house for about 15 years.  We live under a hill and don’t get a TV signal, but up until 15 years ago we had cable.  Then, for some reason having to do with raising a teenager, we got rid of the cable.  We would watch movies occasionally […]


The Tabletop

The Tabletop

Evelyn and I were at a local hardwood lumber dealer’s, looking at some two-inch cherry for a dining table I was making.  Contrary to what they told me on the phone, they did not have hundreds of board feet of it, but only a hundred fifty board feet or so – not much more than […]


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, […]