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  • Humble : Lessons from my Father and Grandfather

    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 can come fix it.” Impossible, I thought. There is just no way. Those doors were perfectly fit
    Posted to Mark Love's Blog (Weblog) by Mark Love on 05-03-2012
  • Spirit

    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 Wisconsin farm house. The tree had to be removed, and -- unwilling to say goodbye to this friend --
    Posted to Mark Love's Blog (Weblog) by Mark Love on 02-16-2011
  • New Piece: Extension table in walnut and maple

    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 also asked that the table’s perimeter be clear of legs in order to reduce interference with chairs
    Posted to Mark Love's Blog (Weblog) by Mark Love on 01-08-2011
  • Peers

    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, to appreciate the work itself because after all you're a fan of the genre or you wouldn't
    Posted to Mark Love's Blog (Weblog) by Mark Love on 01-08-2011
  • Perfect

    “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 everything on a piece of furniture matters. You were the one who had me sand the bottoms of drawers
    Posted to Mark Love's Blog (Weblog) by Mark Love on 01-08-2011
  • Landing

    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 a pilot, I live for the takeoffs and the landings. In the beginning my heart races as I pull wood
    Posted to Mark Love's Blog (Weblog) by Mark Love on 10-25-2010
  • Simple

    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, “But what style ?” I hoped they wouldn’t ask, because my answer always disappoints
    Posted to Mark Love's Blog (Weblog) by Mark Love on 03-13-2010
  • Shaker Blanket Chest in Cherry

    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
    Posted to Mark Love's Blog (Weblog) by Mark Love on 11-17-2009
  • Temporary

    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 day was interrupted by a stop at the hardware store to buy a shovel. Something every man should have
    Posted to Mark Love's Blog (Weblog) by Mark Love on 11-05-2009
  • Dust

    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 skin of my now aching fingers. Sandpaper is relentless. Which is the point, I suppose. Wood dust
    Posted to Mark Love's Blog (Weblog) by Mark Love on 10-31-2009
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