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  • Humble : Lessons from my Father and Grandfather

    by Mark Love     Thursday, May 3, 2012
    I got an email last week from the owner of the coffee house where my most recent piece, The Bean Table , now lives. “We love it!,” he said, “but… …one of the sliding doors is dragging, hard to open, and I wonder if you...
  • Spirit

    by Mark Love     Wednesday, February 16, 2011
    I'm working on a very unique table right now. It's different because the wood actually came from a tree that was beloved by the family I'm making it for. It was a sprawling ancient maple, rooted for decades in the lush front lawn of their...
  • New Piece: Extension table in walnut and maple

    by Mark Love     Saturday, January 8, 2011
    Designing this extension dining table was a perfect example of how I like to work with clients. This lovely family of four wanted a dining table that would be small enough for every day use, yet one that could extend to seat up to twenty guests. They...
  • Peers

    by Mark Love     Saturday, January 8, 2011
    When you're an artist it's really hard not to compare your talent to that of your peers. Even though most of us know that the proper reaction to the brilliant work of others is to be happy for them, to admire them for what they've achieved...
  • Perfect

    by Mark Love     Saturday, January 8, 2011
    “In the elder days of Art, Builders wrought with greatest care, Each minute and unseen part; For the gods see everywhere.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow “Why am I down here on the floor, Mark?” Because it was you who taught me that...
  • Landing

    by Mark Love     Monday, October 25, 2010
    Today I finished this king bed. It’s made of cherry wood and and a wood some people call tiger maple, or curly maple, or fiddleback maple. I call it amazing. The best moments in woodworking are the very beginning of a project and the very end. Like...
  • Simple

    by Mark Love     Saturday, March 13, 2010
    Whenever I meet someone for the first time and they find out what I do for a living, invariably the next question they ask is, “What kind of furniture do you make?” I always answer the same way, “Wood furniture.” Then they say...
  • Shaker Blanket Chest in Cherry

    by Mark Love     Tuesday, November 17, 2009
    Shaker Blanket Chest in Cherry I just delivered this. The simplest designs give me the chance to feature the wood prominently. This cherry looks pretty sweet. Enjoy :) - Mark Love
  • Temporary

    by Mark Love     Thursday, November 5, 2009
    When I was 26 I rented a little gray house in a very old south Austin neighborhood. Before I even signed the lease I decided that the overgrown patch of ground adjacent to the quiet street would become my new vegetable garden. So the last trip on moving...
  • Dust

    by Mark Love     Saturday, October 31, 2009
    I sanded all day today. My hands are dry, raw, sensitive. I can feel the texture of these computer keys more than most nights, which makes me wonder if at least some of the dust that’s now covering the floor beneath my workbench was once the calloused...
  • Risk

    by Mark Love     Monday, October 26, 2009
    I just messed something up. Part of a chair I'm working on. This particular piece has taken me about two and a half hours to make. And I just ruined it. I have to start over now with a new piece of wood. There is no walk on earth longer than the nine...