What’s Your Style?

I built this Arts & Crafts-inspired Wine Cabinet back in 2003 for the August issue.

I built this Arts & Crafts-inspired Wine Cabinet back in 2003 for the August issue.

What’s your favorite furniture style? What’s your least favorite? Funny how a couple simple questions can get a guy thinking…

The other day I was browsing the forums of woodworking.com and ran across an interesting thread discussing this topic:

http://www.woodworking.com/
dcforum/DCForumID8/16138.html

We’ve all got our favorites, I’m sure. Mission and Shaker prompted the most lively responses. Some folks love these two styles, while others clearly don’t. Personally, I’m a fan of both. I like furniture that accentuates wood more than ornamentation, so Mission resonates well with me.

Bill Hylton's Eastern Shore Chest, which ran in our April 2004 issue.

Bill Hylton's Eastern Shore Chest, which ran in our April 2004 issue.

And, I like tapered or turned legs more than carved alternatives, so a nice Shaker table or chair catches my eye every time. I prefer inset drawers with a clean reveal more than overlay drawers with a routed edge. A chest of drawers with no extra frills is all good in my book, so again, Shaker is my choice.

But enough about me. How about you? Are you a fan of country styling? Chippendale? Greene & Greene? Early American? Or, do you prefer a more modern twist to your projects? Maybe you don’t adhere to any particular style but adapt bits and pieces to suit your own tastes. Even if you don’t spend much time thinking about what style you prefer to make, just look around your home. You’ll get a pretty clear idea.

Ian Kirby took a fanciful departure with this Sofa Table project in our December 2006 issue.

Ian Kirby took a fanciful departure with this Sofa Table project in our December 2006 issue.

Then, why not post a comment here and tell us what you like to build—or what styles of projects you want to see more of in Woodworker’s Journal. If you’ve got a website with a gallery of projects you’re really proud of, link us up to it! It’s always fun to see what other woodworkers are building. It might also be a great way for us to get to know one another a little better. Plus, we could all use a pat on the back now and then for projects well done.

Catch you in the shop,

Chris Marshall, Field Editor

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About Chris Marshall

Chris Marshall has been writing for Woodworker's Journal as a contributing editor and field editor since 2001. Prior to that, he spent five years developing home improvement and woodworking books. He's written five of them and has served as a contributing writer on many more. A wood and tool junkie since childhood, Chris thoroughly enjoys building projects and reviewing woodworking tools for the Journal. When he's not assembling new machinery, sawing parts, taking photos or crunching text for an upcoming story, he enjoys spending time with his family and a houseful of pets at their home in rural Ohio.

One thought on “What’s Your Style?

  1. I think my favorite is Shaker style, I like the sharp lines and the practicality of the furniture

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