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Yoav S. Liberman is a studio furniture artist, an architect and an inventor. His work combines the old and new, using found objects and discarded wood as sources of inspiration for the pieces that he builds.

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  • High tech wood – A visit to the Maker Faire part three

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Tuesday, September 27, 2011
    Bamboo is one of the best renewable plant-base composites I can think of. I call it renewable because it can grow, be harvested, germinate, and grow again and again. All that we need to provide for it is space, sun and water. Bamboo is a composite as...
  • Chronicle of Consumption

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Sunday, October 21, 2012
    One of the pieces in my current show is called Chronicle of Consumption. It consists of a video clip and two still images that show the fate of a beautiful case of drawers that had been discarded on a Cambridge Massachusett street. At fist I tried to...
  • Gil Arad's Japanese inspired screen

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Tuesday, July 31, 2012
    Gil Arad (pronounced as 'Geal') is an Israeli woodworker. He recently finished building a Japanese inspired single-panel screen made from cyprus, cedar, and handmade rice paper. The piece is accented with a beautiful bamboo branch that serves...
  • My mortising chisel handle receives its first review – part 1: Sketching an idea

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Sunday, August 5, 2012
    My second invention (available at stores) received its first review less then two weeks ago -- and it was a five star review. After discovering this I grew quite giddy, like a proud father who reads his child's report card. It was a pleasure to learn...
  • Me at work: A 57 second video

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Wednesday, August 29, 2012
    In this one minute video you can see how I find materials, how I design, and the building of a new piece. The piece that I built was made from glass that I found on the street on Manhattans' upper east side, and cedar that I salvaged from the dumpster...
  • Witchcraft in Toronto: making a magic wand for Halloween

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Saturday, October 29, 2011
    I am currently in Toronto visiting friends. My friends' daughters are beyond excited to go trick or treating on Monday. Their Witch costumes are spectacular. But I noticed that there was one item missing to make the witch costume complete: a magic...
  • Belmont Hill School Summer Program – Students' work part 2: William the Conqueror

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Tuesday, August 10, 2010
    We sometimes stumble upon inadvertent discoveries, things that strike us as so quintessentially simple, and yet so great.... Such was the case of the nail-sword made by my student, William. Kids are always on the lookout for new adventures. When William...
  • Planing teak wood is no cake walk

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Sunday, May 5, 2013
    At my day job as wood-shop manager at Robert Lighton Furniture in New York, I often need to fine-tune furniture parts before I pass them over to our skilled sander, then on to the finishers. We design our furniture in the United States, but have them...
  • Belmont Hill School Summer Program and Amanda's clock

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Saturday, July 31, 2010
    This summer I am teaching the next generation of wood-lovers, wood hobbyists, and perhaps even one or two future cabinet-maker/wood-artists. I preach the gospel of Woodworking in an amazing setting: the wood-shop of the Belmont Hill School in Belmont...
  • Belmont Hill School Summer Program – Students' work part 1

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Monday, August 9, 2010
    One of the greatest editions to any activity is having music play in the background; one of the greatest advantages of working with hand tools (as opposed to power tools) is that you can actually listen to music while woodworking. In our summer program...
  • My new cutting board design

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Sunday, May 12, 2013
    A year ago I blogged about the cutting board workshop I gave on a Manhattan rooftop. The thing is that I also like to make and sell cutting boards. I love the simplicity and the presence of a thick and solid wooden board. They are so handy on the kitchen...
  • New York's premier furniture fair 2013 - part 1

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Sunday, May 19, 2013
    I just came back from my first visit to ICFF New York. The International Contemporary Furniture Fair is one of the most important events of the furniture world. It attracts makers, designers, collectors, decorators and architects, as well as the general...
  • New York's furniture fair 2013 - part 2

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Monday, May 20, 2013
    Walnut seems to be the predominant wood used by designers these days. Take for example these pieces by Don Howell from Brooklyn NY who sell them via CAVIAR 20 gallery , in Toronto Canada. Another walnut piece by Howell that I liked was this coffee table...
  • Book review by master woodcarver Steff Rocknak

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Wednesday, May 22, 2013
    Two month ago as I walked down Madison Ave, I noticed a book proudly crowning a pyramid of "New York Times 'best sellers' " stack in the window of a respectable bookstore. The book that caught my eyes was The Lost Carving: A Journey...
  • New York's premier furniture fair 2013 - part 3

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Tuesday, May 28, 2013
    Last week I blogged (twice) about my visit to the ICFF, International Contemporary Furniture Fair in Manhattan. But, I have to say that the amount of stuff I saw and photographed deserves at least two, if not three more blog entries. Today I will show...
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