Lost But Not Forgotten

This maple kitchen work table was the first real piece of furniture I made.  During the winter of 1981-82 I was living with my girlfriend Elizabeth (scandalous, I know, but she’s now my wife) in a small apartment in Georgia, Vermont. … Continue reading

Custom Made Beds – Measuring your Mattress Thickness

One of the advantages custom made beds have over stock manufactured beds is the ability to have the bed sized perfectly for your mattress or mattress and box spring thickness.  While mattress length and width are standardized their thicknesses are … Continue reading

“Show Your Work!” Tips on Shopping for Fine Handcrafted Furniture

I was looking at another furniture company’s website the other day.  They claimed to make fine handcrafted furniture using the finest woodworking techniques and the high prices for the furniture certainly would indicate that they did.  However, while the pieces … Continue reading

Extra Long Extension Table

I recently completed this custom made extra long solid cherry extension table. I’ve been making extension tables for over 30 years but this one was far longer than any I’d ever made. With a table of this length my concern … Continue reading

Custom storage bench in curly maple

While searching through photos of custom furniture I’ve made in the last few years I came across some photos of a custom storage bench made from curly maple that I had completely forgotten about having made.  How could I have … Continue reading

Pencil post night table

I design this cherry pencil post night table at the request of a customer who wanted cherry night tables with legs like the posts of the cherry pencil post bed she purchased from me.  The table would have been simple … Continue reading

Free Shipping

These days it seems almost all online businesses are offering “Free Shipping!”.  I don’t know about you but every time I’ve shipped or mailed something it hasn’t been free. Even mailing a letter costs 44 cents and that’s going up … Continue reading

Shaker bookcase – solid cherry with dovetailed case

This solid cherry Shaker bookcase was built to order for a customer but just as I was getting ready to ship it I discovered that the customer had requested it be 14″ deep.  This one is 12″ deep (the standard … Continue reading

Vermont Cherry Furniture

I spend a fair amount of time searching for nice cherry lumber to use in my furniture.  I also like to use local lumber whenever possible.  This week I spent most of 1 day milling milling some cherry logs from … Continue reading

Shaker Furniture Design

I was recently flipping through a book on Shaker Furniture that I’ve had for many years when I came across a letter written to me by my father. The letter was dated March 19, 1982 and marked a page in … Continue reading