Thursday, February 28, 2013

The MWA on the Highland Woodworker

This post originally appeared at the Penultimate Woodshop.

While I was at Woodworking in America last year I had the pleasure of meeting Charles Brock. Charles is a true southern gentleman and an expert chairmaker. If you’re not familiar with his chairs, they are of the sculptural, Maloof inspired. I think they’re gorgeous.
The in progress chair in Charles' booth at WIA 2012
At WIA2012 our Modern Woodworkers Association (MWA) booth was just down the aisle from Charles’ booth. This let me wander past and gawk more than I probably should have. After a few passes I struck up a conversation with Charles. We talked of many things, including how he began to teach chair making and what the MWA was all about. I was even able to record our 5 questions with him.
Recently, Charles asked me to provide an intro about the MWA to be featured on his web TV show, the Highland Woodworker.

Episode 5 of the Highland Woodworker was just released and we made it. Not only is the MWA bit I recorded included at the end, Charles also interviews +Christopher Adkins & +Scott Meek during the segment on the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event at Highland Woodworking.

For more on Charles, you can check out this interview +Shannon Rogers did with him leading up to Woodworking in America 2011 and stay tuned to the Modern Woodworkers Association podcast too. Charles will be an upcoming guest.

Monday, February 25, 2013

MWA Podcast Episode #24 - Scott Meek

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

MWA Podcast Episode 23 - David Venditto of Infinity Tools

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

MWA - New Jersey/NY Visits the Met

Several members of MWA-NJ/NY met up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on a recent Friday afternoon to check out the exhibit “Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens.”

Attendees included, +Jonathan Sidhu, +Rusty Burwell, +Alan Ganek , Jay Siegelaub & Joe Urhane

We toured the exhibit of 18th Century European furniture and saw a mind-boggling testament to the skill of the Roentgen workshop.  Two of the items I found most interesting included this wild Gaming Table and the centerpiece of the exhibit, a large Berlin Secretary - reputedly the most expensive piece of furniture in Europe

Several of us also visited the Nakashima Reading Room (“Gallery 232”) and the Met’s ‘Open’ Storage (“The Good Stuff in the Back Room”) areas which contain dozens of various pieces of fine furniture not currently on exhibit.

We also had a nice surprise while having a coffee and ran into Mike Pekovich, Art Director at Fine Woodworking and his wife (her photo below) who were also touring the exhibits.

(L to R: Mike Pekovich, Alan Ganek, Jonathan Sidhu, Rusty Burwell, Jay Siegelaub, and Joe Urhane)