As of now (Dec 2012) there’s one book and three DVDs.

Make A Joint Stool from a Tree: An Introduction to Seventeenth-Century Joinery

Make a Joint Stool from a Tree

Make a Joint Stool from a Tree

2012 will for me always be remembered as the year I got The Book out the door. Here’s the link to Chris Schwarz’ Lost Art Press where you can order a copy and see what goes on inside an oak log, and how to convert it into the most solid furniture you can imagine.


The DVDs are all produced by Lie-Nielsen Toolworks in Warren, Maine. The first one, “17th-Century New England Carving”  is an introduction to carving patterns and techniques based on my studies of period work. The disc covers tools and materials, then some important postures and grips. From  there, it’s cutting designs – starting with a simple gouge-cut decoration, and working through progressively more developed patterns. 88 minutes.

17th century New England Carving

17th century New England Carving

Here’s a sample from Lie-Nielsen


The second DVD follows along after the introductory one. This time, it’s one motif – laid out and cut a number of different ways for different effects. The “S-curve” is one I employ endlessly. There’s six variations of it in this disc…

100 minutes

17th-century New England Carving: Carving the S-scroll

17th-century New England Carving: Carving the S-scroll


The newest (fall 2012) DVD, “17th-Century Joined Chest with Peter Follansbee” is a full-blown project, part of Lie-Nielsen’s Master Workshops series. This is instead of a series of techniques like the carving ones above. This time we take an oak log, split it apart, hew & plane it into stock and build a joined chest, fitted with mortise-and-tenon joints – and made up of frame-and-panel construction. It’s all here, from the log to setting the hinges & closing the lid. The chests in the disc are carved, but the carving is not repeated in this disc…it was enough to keep track of just building the thing!

213 minutes.

New DVD from Lie-Nielsen

New DVD from Lie-Nielsen

Here’s a link to a set of still shots from splitting the log for the DVD

busting open an oak at CFC

busting open an oak at CFC



The book you can get from Lost Art Press and other places that carry their line of books.

The DVDs come from Lie-Nielsen

I am currently also selling copies of the S-curve carving video and the Joined Chest disc as well. The S-curve disc is $27  and the Joined Chest one is $42. These prices include shipping in the US. For both the S-scroll and the Joined Chest DVD from me, $62 will do it. Send a check to me, or I can send a paypal invoice. Email me with any questions

Address is:

Peter Follansbee

3 Landing Rd

Kingston MA 02364

7 Responses to “BOOK & DVDs”

  1. […] half, then repeat all the way down doing the top and bottom half. (Really, go by Follansbee’s video, he does a better job explaining […]

  2. […] attend one of Peter’s carving classes, sometime soon, but in the meantime I have two of his DVDs on 17th century carving,  a heap of photos from  The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC) and a whole […]

  3. richard bergendahl Says:

    The shows you made with Roy Underhill are great. I make stands for harpsichords. In the paintings of Ruckers harpsichords the Oak stands they made are just like The work you’ve been showing. Ruckers worked 1500 -1780s several generations of craftsmen.Your Wonderful Research makes all their work so clear to me now. I been insterested in harpsichord stuff 40 years it like seeing the paintings and now really seeing them. Thanks.

  4. […] practise some gouge work, which is all new to me.  I’m following  Mr F’s great book Make a joint stool from a tree. I’ve also drawn some inspiration from photographs of beautiful work in Oak Furniture, the […]

  5. […] M&T joints in the stool atop.  I started this project when I’d acquired Peter Folansbee’s excellent book “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree”.  I had done some beefy 3/4 inch M&Ts in my shepherd’s chairs which had their own […]

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