A Quick Look at the New April Issue

Punxsutawney Phil might be taunting us with the promise of an early spring, but winter here in Ohio (where I live) still holds us in an icy grip. Still, like the postal carriers vow, neither snow nor sleet will keep us here at the magazine from bringing you new projects, tools and techniques in your April issue. And, in just a few days, those diligent mail carriers will be bringing a copy to you. But, why wait? Here’s a quick rundown of what’s coming your way.

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Blanket Chest

Reader Denzil Bell sent in these photos of a blanket chase using three different wood species.

Here are some photos of a chest I made for my grandson.  The project is made of cherry (cut by the recipient’s great grandfather), walnut and hard maple.

- Denzil Bell; Temperance, MI

Do you have a project that you’d like to share?  Click here to send it in!

Matt Becker
Internet Production Coordinator

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Frank Lloyd Wright Wall Sconce

Randy Price of Illinois sent in these photos and the following explanation:

This is a sconce I built based on a design by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Francis W. Little residence in Wayzata, MN. The house has been demolished but the living room containing four of the sconces exists in the The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

My version is made of walnut with rice paper shades and is 32” tall and 7” wide

Click here to send in a project (or two … or ten) of your own.  We’re always looking for more!

Matt Becker
Content Coordinator

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Queen Anne Dressing Table & Chair

Here is the picture of a little Queen Ann Dressing Table and Chair that I made for my Granddaughter. It is made from Walnut Wood with a Tung Oil Finish.
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From reader Charles R. Jenkins:

Here is the picture of a little Queen Ann Dressing Table and Chair that I made for my Granddaughter. It is made from Walnut Wood with a Tung Oil Finish.

We’re always looking for more submissions, so click here to send in some of your own!

Matt Becker
Content Coordinator

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Yellowstone Hotel Shares Marquetry on Grand Scale

1930s cartography, with woodworking panache!

1930s cartography, with woodworking panache!

If Yellowstone National Park is on your short list of future vacation destinations, be sure to stop and see Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel on the park’s northwest corner. It’s a wonderful vintage building in its own right, but the hotel also contains a remarkable example of marquetry you won’t want to miss! I stumbled on it almost by accident while staying there for a night last summer.

On the wall of the hotel’s lounge, just off the main lobby, there’s a huge map of the United States made almost entirely of wood. Designed and assembled in 1937 by Robert C. Reamer and W. H. Fay, the map measures 17 ft. 10 in. wide by 10 ft. 4 in. tall. It contains 15 types of wood from nine countries: zebrawood (Africa), lacewood and Oriental (sic) wood (Australia), Brazilian rosewood, satinwood (Central America), East Indian rosewood, gray and white harewood (England), English oak, Honduras mahogany, teak (India), as well as slash and straight-grained walnut, maple and burl redwood from the United States.

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Splinter: A Supercharged Study in Wooden Design

All Images courtesy Joe Harmon Design.

All images courtesy Joe Harmon Design and used by permission.

If wood is strong enough for a bridge and light enough for a speedboat or airplane wing, why not use it to build a high-performance supercar?

This sort of thinking must have kept Joe Harmon, an Industrial Design graduate student of North Carolina State University, up late at night, because that’s exactly what he set out to do for his graduate project: build a fully functional, supercharged automobile almost entirely out of wood.

Yep, wood.

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