Leonardo Da Vinci

When we hear of the name, Leonardo Da Vinci, our thoughts first conjure up the image of the Mona Lisa. But did you know the Mona Lisa was painted on a piece of poplar wood? It’s not painted on canvas.Leonardo Da Vinci did so much in his life it’s hard to image any one person […]

The DOORS- alive in Switzerland

Lucerne Switzerland. This is a beautiful little town best known for having the oldest wooden bridge in Europe. Hundreds of thousands visit this cozy little town for the sites, shopping and food. A stroll down the old cobble stone street gives you a sense of what it might have been like back in the day. […]

Little Free Library Revisited

A year ago I learned of  the Little Free Library movement and decided to get involved. If you are unaware of what the Little Free Library is, it’s a non-profit organization that encourages people to provide books for children in their own neighborhood. The concept is simple. Build a box. Place books in it. Make […]


Our modern day and age of electricity is so amazing that we really take it for granted. It’s so common to have electricity that even when most of us go camping, the campgrounds offer WiFi and electrical hookups for our tv’s, microwaves and cell phones . But now imagine it’s 1863. The Civil War is […]

Shaker Candle Box

Back in colonial days, if you were a guest visiting someone’s house you might see a box similar to this one. It was reserved for the special candles made of beeswax or bayberry. These candle were bright and had a pleasant odor. Unlike todays paraffin wax candles, the common everyday candle in pre-electric days were […]

Rustic Furniture

At one time, i was never a fan of rustic style furniture. The image conjured up large clunky, bulky uncomfortable chairs, garnished with deer antlers and bear faces adorning the room. At first glance, it would appear that this style was simple to make. I had the impression anyone who made rustic furniture was impatient, […]

17th Century Oak Stool

The 17th century oak stool is a great transitional woodworking project to step up your woodworking skills. In times of old chairs showed power and social status. People of power had chairs with carved arms and legs. Backs and seats with comfortable cushions for the royalty to relax in, while the common folk sat on […]


For a recent job, I had to duplicate a couple of small cabinet doors. The style is no longer available to purchase. The stiles and rails were going to be easy to reproduce. It was the center panel I was concerned about. ‘I cut the sample door apart and removed the panel. I didn’t have […]