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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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  • Amazing Japanese woodturning.

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Monday, November 3, 2014
    This is a sweet little video about a Japanese woodturner and the traditional wooden dolls that he makes. His technique of plugin the dolls' head into their body is something I have never seen before. 鳴子系こけし/こけしの岡仁 from dmp on Vimeo .
  • Wooden boatbuilding in England during WWII -- A fascinating short film in honor of the seventieth anniversary of D-Day

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Monday, June 2, 2014
    During the second world war steel became a rare commodity . In fact, many metals became rationed for certain applications and this led engineers to revisit the use of "older" material such as wood, or newer materials such as plastic to substitute...
  • 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...
  • Gil Arad's Birthing chair - Part 1: Ash and oak chair.

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Sunday, May 18, 2014
    Birthing chair ? Until a week ago I never heard of such a thing. In the spirit of, "you learn something new everyday," I learned about birthing chairs when my friend and fellow woodworker Gil Arad emailed me pictures of a strange looking project...
  • Liz Koerner's "Dash" coffee table.

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Monday, April 28, 2014
    Studio furniture maker Liz Koerner is a recent graduate of the Core program at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. In 2012 she took my Campaign furniture class where she began designing and building a Danish modern looking coffee table with structural...
  • David Ebner furniture show and video

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Saturday, April 26, 2014
    David Ebner is a master furniture maker from Long Island, New York. I saw one of his elegant console tables in The Salon: Art + Design in Manhattan a few months ago. He showed this piece in the Modern Gallery booth, and there I had the opportunity to...
  • 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...
  • Short film: Chair making in the Margaree Valley, Nova Scotia

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Tuesday, March 18, 2014
    I stumbled upon this short film today and I am confident you will enjoy watching it (perhaps with one reservation which I'll explain below). It was created in Canada in 1959 and was titled " The Chairmaker and the Boys". It tells the story...
  • Don and Chris Boules' Toy Marble slides.

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Friday, February 28, 2014
    While visiting the Boules in preparing to write the article, I noticed impressive marble slides awaiting final assembly and a touch of a finish. I asked them to tell me more about them. It turns out that a family friend received, as a child, a marble...
  • Don and Chris Boule: Their shop and work processes

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Monday, February 10, 2014
    When I work on an article I collect a great deal of images and stories about my protagonist. In the case of Chris and Don, many of my favorite shop photos and work processes could not fit within the five pages of the article. But, I am lucky enough to...
  • Don and Chris Boule, father and son - master period furniture makers.

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Monday, February 3, 2014
    If you open the most recent issue of Woodwork magazine you will see two stories that I wrote. One is about an Israeli studio furniture artist named Jeremy Kimchi and the other is about a father and son, Don and Chris Boule , who make really spectacular...
  • Architect Richard Meier's wooden model museum.

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Monday, January 27, 2014
    When you visit iconic architect Richard Meier's website you will see a splendid display of sleek white & light modern structures and design. Yet, when you visit Meier's newly open museum in the Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, NJ you will...
  • Consider making this folk-art tree for next Christmas season.

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Saturday, January 11, 2014
    As some of us have already begun dismantling this year's Christmas tree, the tree made in this video most certainly would not be tossed to the sidewalk. I do not know much about this technique, except that it seems fairly simple to make and that the...
  • Scaffolding in a library: Celebrating the ten year anniversary of the Eliot House Woodworking Program

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Tuesday, December 31, 2013
    During my first year at Eliot House I came up with a novel idea: to build a wooden structure inside Eliot's Library to carry lights and define dedicated floor space for our first art show. Together with our art tutor we planed the exhibit to show...
  • Students' work: Celebrating the ten year anniversary of the Eliot House Woodworking Program

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Thursday, December 26, 2013
    To wrap up my blogging about the ten year anniversary of the Eliot House Woodworking Program I would like to show a few images of projects by our devoted students. Some of them are by now in graduate programs, others are successful professionals or academics...
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