Gordon Mitchell learned woodworking back in public school many decades ago. Now retired after many successful years as a computer programmer, he’s finally finding time to indulge his passion for woodworking in his fully equipped shop. The fact that he’s totally blind barely slows him down.
A happy marriage of lathe work and sculpture has made Betty Scarpino one of the country’s most notable turners and studio artists. Exploring such concepts as motherhood, femininity and the boundaries of art, her Altered Plates and Egg Series could have inspired the term “lathe artist.”
When it comes to wood, getting a grip on the terminology starts with a thorough understanding of wood’s properties.
Which is better, furniture made with hand tools or power tools? That may be an ongoing debate in woodworking circles, but this bookcase, inspired by – and designed to complement – the clean lines of an old Craftsman-style writing desk, finds a perfect balance in the use of both.