I have a cousin who makes custom cabinetry. He mentioned how he’d like to become a “master furniture maker” – like Norm Abrams, I suppose – someday. But he didn’t know how you go about becoming one. Is there a society or trade organization that confers that title, or do you “bestow it on yourself” once you think you’re good enough?
Michael Dresdner: You bestow it on yourself once you get a popular woodworking television show. Of course, there are detractors who feel that the phrase “master furniture maker like Norm Abrams” is actually an oxymoron. But then, that’s the problem with being self-anointed. It tends to draw detractors.
Simon Watts: I don’t know of such a society so perhaps you should start one yourself. I’m told Norm is very approachable so why not invite him to be honorary president?