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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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  • 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...
  • What's new in the world of premium planes – part 1: the Made in China group

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Thursday, November 24, 2011
    What's new in the world of premium planes – part 1: the Made in China group For a few years now, companies in the US, India, and China have been working hard to get their cloned "Lie-Nielsen" planes on the market. While none of these...
  • What's new in the world of premium planes – part 2: the Made in India group

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Saturday, November 26, 2011
    What's new in the world of premium planes – part 2: the Made in India group Groz and Anant are two of the brand names we recognize as planes made in India that are sold through catalogs in the USA and Europe. Until recently these brand names...
  • Shaker step stool – part 4: Design

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Wednesday, December 21, 2011
    I believe that personalizing a project is imperative for engaging a student in a particular subject and that teachers should make every effort to do so. In the case of the Shaker stool, I gave the students the drawings I made and then suggested that they...
  • Shaker step stool – part 2: Measure, cut, glue

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Saturday, December 10, 2011
    In my first posting on the Intro to Woodworking class, I showed a drawing of the students' project. In this entry I will show some pictures from the classroom and will provide two drawings that explain how the stool's parts were cut and glued...
  • Be my guests: visit my show in New York City.

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Monday, October 15, 2012
    re-FORM, a show exhibiting many of my current pieces is on display in Manhattan's Casa Frela gallery on 119th Street. In the show you can find furniture, sculpture, video art and drawings that I made in the last years. For more details please visit...
  • Shaker step stool: a project for the new comers into woodworking

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Wednesday, November 30, 2011
    I teach woodworking and design at a remarkable place in Brooklyn, New York. We have around 18 classes just in the woodworking department; we have tons of other classes in the rest of the lofty old industrial building that houses 3rdWard . The institution...
  • A mallet project – part 1

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Sunday, March 18, 2012
    The first project I give to my students in the Intro to Woodworking class at 3rdWard NYC is building a wooden mallet. The mallet is perfect because it requires less then two meetings to make and it covers fundamental techniques and theories of woodworking...
  • Make a smart vise jig – part 1: Clamping taper parts in a bench vise

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Monday, September 17, 2012
    Over a year ago I had to clamp three tapered table legs in a vise for planing. Anyone who has had to clamp tapered parts in a vise knows that you must support the part with a wedge that matches the part's angle. In most cases one uses a scrap wedge...
  • Gil Arad's Birthing chair/stool - Part 2: The Campaign design

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Saturday, May 31, 2014
    (Gil, with a plane in his hands, standing in his shop located near Jerusalem, Israel) Gil Arad is an Israeli furniture maker, a teacher and a designer. In a recent blog post I showed his first attempt to build a chair that cradles the mother as she deliver...
  • 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...
  • Jackie Chin’s Mah-Jong game table

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Monday, December 31, 2012
    Jackie Chin’s is one of my students at 3rdWard Brooklyn. She is an electronic engineer by trade, who developed a love affair with woodworking. In a recent class she took with me (Modular Furniture) she designed and built a Mah-Jong game table. Jackie’s...
  • Visiting an Israeli Luthier

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Saturday, March 16, 2013
    While visiting Israel during the holidays, I paid a visit to the shop of Yaron Naor . Yaron is one of a few craftspeople who has mastered the art of Oud, Lute, and mandoline making. Building a string instrument is perhaps the most challenging feat in...
  • How to make a chisel or gouge guard from a milk container, cardboard and rope...

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Saturday, December 11, 2010
    We woodworkers have plenty of sharp tools in our possession. From chisels to gouges, from marking knifes and awls to compasses and drill bits. The question of how to protect the sharp edges from damage, and how to protect ourselves from being hurt by...
  • Christina Pupo’s folded chair

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Monday, March 31, 2014
    In June 2012 I taught a furniture design class at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. Penland is a fantastic place with the best facilities, staff, students, and perhaps most importantly: Food! But, I digress. Christina, a Canadian designer who...
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