I'm Surrounded

Working at Veritas is admittedly a pretty cool gig. One of the best things about my job is the people I get to work with. In my office there are many talented designers and engineers that do what they do really well - on top of that, they are good people. Among those folks are some pretty talented woodworkers. I have friends/co-workers that are timber framers, heritage carpenters, boat builders and luthiers just to name a few.

Scott works for Veritas as a buyer. He brings in all the material needed to make all the tools the we produce. Scott is also an incredibly talented woodworker. For months he has been sharing photos of his period work but I wanted to see it in the flesh.

Proud Papa Scott with his chair.

He brought in a Connecticut Chippendale chair that he recently made. This style of chair would have been popular in the mid to late 1700's and was stripped down in regards to carving from it's Philadelphia cousin.

The chair is crafted in mahogany and the workmanship is primarily with hand tools. The thing I like best is the surfaces are off the tool and not sanded to the point of unnecessary smoothness. To my eye, this piece has so much character because of those tool marks. No only is the overall form of the chair pleasing but you can also see and appreciate the human being that was behind its creation. By the way, Scott is a self-trained woodworker who follows my mantra: "In order to understand, you must do". He is proof that if you get into your shop and try things, anything is possible.

A lot of my writings in the past haven't featured much on other's woodworking but I think that is about to change. I enjoy seeing other peoples' work and so I think it's time to share some of that with you. You may be asking yourself: "When are you going to be making some projects Mr. Minimalist-pants". Well I have quite a list that my wife has developed for our new house that I will be getting started on once I get some work travel out of the way. I think she has about five piece in the queue for me so I'll be a busy fella in the next few months. I've got some basic design work done and now I'm ready to prove those designs with some maquettes that I'll be putting together.

Stay tuned for a multi-part blog on the design and making of my dining room table. I'll be trying some unconventional joinery for the legs that I'm hoping will let me ditch the aprons. Or....it could all fail miserably. Either way it should be as fun as watching a train wreck - you may want to look away but you can't. 

In order to understand, you must do. - V