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Pennsylvania Spice Box By Craig Bentzley

This Authentic Reproduction Sports a Secret Drawer 28

Making Inlays in Wood 33

Heirloom Hand Mirror By Ken Picou

A Router and a Handsaw Are All You Need 34

Salt and Pepper Shakers By David Ellsworth

Delicate Turnings for )our Dinner Table 36

Make Your Own Compression Chuck 38

Shop-made Turning Tools 41

Designing Furniture By R on Layport

A Furniture Builder Discusses I lis Approach 42

A Tale of Two Tables By Ron Lay port

Adapting a 1 /all I able Design to Fit Different Needs 46

A Hot Oil Finish__48

Carving large Bowls By Drc w Languor

Functional Folh Art Straight From a Green Log 43

Drying Green Bowls £3

1993 Excellence in Craftsmanship Winners

We Recogni2e the liest in Woodworking 54

Restoring a Finish By I'ranL: Kl.ui?/.

Hold the Stripper and Use These Gentler Re finishing Techniques 58

Padding Finishes: The Modern French Polish 61

Wall Mirror By Scott Cooper

An Elegant Mirror ihat Complements Many Furniture Stifles 62

Aftermarket Tablesaw Guards By Kelly Mdtler

Protect Your Hands Without Compromising Your Cuts 64


The Next Generation

Judging from the sea of gray heads we see at the woodworking shows and seminars we attend, it would he easy to conclude tiiat woodworking is a pastime of middle-aged men. Not that there's anything wrong with that, mind you—I've got more than a few gray hairs of my own—but it doesn't bode well for the future of our craft. Unless die next generation picks up die cltisel, so to speak, all the skills that we've worked so hard to acquire will pass from this earth along with us. Knowledge Is one thing you can take with you.

It wouldn't be the first lime this happened. Amateur woodworking enjoyed a surge in popularity at the turn of the century* thanks, in part, to the influence of John Ruskin, Gustav Sticklcy and other figures in the Arts & Crafts movement. Stickley's magazine, "The Craftsman," provided instructions and plans for amateur furniture makers but folded in 1917 after IS years of publication. Preoccupied as they were with picking up the pieces of World War I, the younger generation had little time to indulge in the pleasures of woodworking.

It wasn't until the craft revival of the early 1970s tliat interest in woodworking peaked again. But the craft had lost its teachers by then, and we had to rediscover, by trial and error, the tech niques that were lost.

Could this happen again? Perhaps. Many young people don't have lime for woodworking today. It's tough to make a living in today's depressed job market, and electronic diversions like Nintendo. VCRs and MTV compete for what free time remains. Plus, mandatory shop class—where many of us got an introduction to woodworking—is largely a thing of the past.

hut what good is a tale without a liappy ending? It turns out that young people are getting involved in woodworking—they're just not as visible as the middle-aged guys. According to data from "Woodworking in America," an independent study commissioned by American Wcxm worker in 1993, 33 percent of America's 17 million hobbyist woodworkers are between the ages of 18 and 3 *. Only 24 percent of all woodworkers are 55 and up. (The average age of woodworkers is 44.)

And young people are doing some phenomenal work. The most creative entries in the 1993 Excellence in Craftsmanship competition were in our student division. You can see for yourself on page 54. Looks like woodworking's future is safe and secure.

David Sloan Editor & Publisher


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