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Winter 2013-2014

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  • 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...
  • Mike Dombrowsky's table: Celebrating the ten year anniversary of the Eliot House Woodworking Program

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Saturday, December 21, 2013
    Mike Dombrowsky spent two semesters with us at the Eliot Woodshop. After contemplating a few project alternatives he zoomed in on making a shaker influenced end table, but with a twist. Mike set to break the symmetry of the drawer facade and, in a truly...
  • Philip Hendrix's beer stand: Celebrating the ten year anniversary of the Eliot House Woodworking Program

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Sunday, December 15, 2013
    Philip's other project that I want to show here is his adaptation for the always popular wine bottle stand. Philip's idea was to develop a board to carry not a wine bottle, but rather a beer bottle - as is fit for a graduate student. Let me talk...
  • Philip Hendrix's cutting board: Celebrating the ten year anniversary of the Eliot House Woodworking Program

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Saturday, December 14, 2013
    Own of our best students at the Eliot House Woodshop was Philip Hendrix. Philip was a graduate student in computer science at the Harvard School of Engineering who demonstrated real passion, not just for computer code but also for chisels and routers...
  • Ten year anniversary for the Eliot House Woodworking program, Harvard College - Part 3: Guest talks

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Monday, November 18, 2013
    One of the most rewarding activities we came up with was to invite furniture makers, wood artists, and people who have contributed to woodworking in a profound way, to come over for dinner in our great dining hall, give a talk or a demonstration of their...
  • Ten year anniversary for the Eliot House Woodworking program, Harvard College - Part 2: Field trips

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Sunday, November 10, 2013
    Last time I wrote about and showed you the old shop and the complete make over we put it through. This time I will talk about our woodworking program. After the initial renovation was complete we started to put some pedagogic content in it. First, we...
  • Ten year anniversary for the Eliot House Woodworking program, Harvard College: Part 1

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Monday, October 28, 2013
    I guess some of you are scratching your heads. What does this ivy league institution have to do with woodworking? Well, as it happened, Harvard, or more precisely Eliot House is supporting woodworking teaching as an extra curricular activity for its students...