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A Cabinetmaker, Nuremberg, Germany (1589)

I have had a life long interest in woodworking. It's been a long and sometimes winding road: gathering tools, equipment, wood, and most importantly skills. I would describe myself as an amateur professional hobbyist woodworker. Amateur in the fact I have not had any formal training in woodworking. It's mostly been trial and error, researching in books, magazines, the internet, antique shops, and furniture auctions. Professional in that I do sell what I make and have a stable client base of repeat customers. Hobbyist because I started this as therapy for myself from my IT career.

I'm still constrained by a fairly small shop, but I can make most of the things on my todo list at this point.


My interest is in furniture and the tools and techniques used to make from the 15th Century to the early 20th Century. Broadly speaking, pre-industrial woodworking and furniture.

I know, this covers a pretty wide range. But, as you'll see, woodworking tools changed very little from Roman times to the late 18th Century. The quality of steel (steel at all) improved over time and the design aesthetic certainly evolved, but the kit of a 17th Century American cabinetmaker would be familiar to a medieval woodworker.

For those of you coming here to see my SCA work, there's going to be a fair bit of later stuff as well. My house is slowly being furnished with Arts & Crafts and Shaker Style furniture. Just sit back and enjoy the show.


  • My woodworking History
  • My woodworking Education
  • Documentation for projects submitted to SCA Arts & Sciences Contests
  • Essays on woodworking that aren't documentation for a specific project
  • A selected Bibliography of useful woodworking references
  • Project Protfolio tucked into a Google album (in seemingly random order)
  • My eBay Vintage Tool Store