Contents

Introduction 3

PART ONE:

Style & Design 5

Origins of Arts and ("rafts I'J'Yfr C .irrttth - .6

Arts and 1 rafts Reborn

Building in rhe Language of (m . and Greene

Thomas Hugh SiangrLtnJ 22

Thoroughly Modern Morn*

PART TWO:

Projects &

Techniques ss

Building a Chair, Arts-and-Crafts Scyle Rex Alexander 36

Coffer Tabic Is Sparc and Srurdi Un Mtkkelsett 43

Bookcase Makes Waves C Muhaei\^t 48

Hefn Sofa Table with a Delicate Touch tru Knl ... .60

Building an Arts-and-Crafts Sideboard (Parti)

Can Rcgtwtkt 68

Building an Arts-and-( rafts Sideboard Part II)

Gary Rcgcwsiti 78

Building an Arts-and-Crafts Sideboard Part III

\ Blanket ( hest \\ nit Legs JchnMcAkvty 96

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raftsman furniture is one of the most popular styles with today's furniture makers. In fact, the Arts and Crafts work of hobbyist woodworkers and small-shop professionals through the latter half of the 20th century has probably been one ol the reasons for the renewed popularity of the srylc in the mass-production furniture industry and among today's consumers.

I suspect there are many reasons for this enduring popularity among the cabinetmakers who labor alone in their small garage and basement shops. The style has a friendliness, honesty, and adaptability not found in other furniture. By friendliness, I mean u works in almost any home and beside many other types of furniture. Its honest)' comes through in its mostly straight lines, in its sparsity of unnecessary ornamentation, and in its visible joinery. The turn-of-the-ccntury artisans who first popularized the style wanted their hearty construction to be celebrated as a ^ort of decoration rather than gussying up their pieces with superfluous adornment. The style's adaptability, which todav releases most furniture makers to interpret and add or subtract elements freely, has been in the blood of Arts and Crafts furniture since the beginning. There was no workbook that dictated the style's details. Each practitioner 100 years ago seemed to have had a slightly different idea of what Arts and Crafts meant.

This adaptability is reflected even in the names used to refer to the furniture that falls under the umbrella of "Arts and Crafts": Craftsman. Mission. Greene and Greene, or Stickler. The book you now hold in your hands has been assembled from the pages of two Taunton Press magazines: Home Furniture and Fine WWwrii^. The book's editors have assembled—and redesigned—articles about the origins and hallmarks of the Arts and Crafts style (Part One . as well as techniques unique to this furniture and some projects to help vou make your own Arts and Crafts pieces (Part Two). Part Three contains a series of photographs with short explanations of inspiring \rts and Crafts work made by some of the best woodworkers now practicing the craft. Together, the sections of the book offer an indispensable guide to this enduring and popular furniture style.

—Tim Schrciner. editor of Fine IKWworiW and former editor of Home Furniture

egun in response ro the Industrial Age, the Craftsman style espoused fine craftsmanship and attention to detail. The origins of the movement still influence those designing furniture today. Indeed, there has been a rebirth of the Craftsman style and its tenets. Hut the Craftsman style is more of a philosophy than one true style. In fact, many makers created their own unique visions within this style. Here vou'll find out about some of the most famous

makers and their hallmark designs. You'll also learn about designing Craftsman furniture so you can go bevond the historical examples.

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