By Albert Jackson
This can be the 1st identify in a chain of tutorial woodworking books. It permits the woodworker to pick the easiest joint for the activity, then describes intimately easy methods to build it. each conventional hand-cut woodworking joint is defined, with all its adaptations.
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At all times the criteria of good design and good taste determined the selection of the furniture shown. It would seem that antiquity alone should not suffice to qualify for current interest furniture which is poorly designed. Indeed, some of the drab designs housed in museums throughout this country as authentic “antiques” would better serve aesthetic purposes if they had passed into oblivion along with their makers. Thus the original ambition of having all regions and all nationalities represented in this book had to be modified.
Carved chests, court cupboards and Bible boxes, some of which are shown in this chapter, date back to the seventeenth century. Their development gives credence to the theory that chests of drawers evolved in this country from rudimentary, six-board sea chests. As prosperity prevailed, chest space eventually gave way to drawers and thus developed the chest of drawers as we know it today. The Creative Colonials Despite its humble origin, the design of early New England furniture shows inspired creativity — which distinguishes it as a style apart.
Fireside view of the Hart Room at Winterthur Museum shows an ancient oak court cupboard attributed to Thomas Dennis, the master joiner of Ipswich, Massachusetts, and dated 1684. Near the corner is an early dowry chest. Beside the fireplace stands an old Governor Carver chair. In the foreground a carved wainscote chair of 17th century origin stands beside an early trestle-base gate-leg table. The joint stool in front of the table represents the most common seating form used in 17th century New England.