Country Workshops again

I got the new issue of Popular Woodworking magazine the other day. I have a short article in there about the tools used by 17th-century joiners…

While I was flipping through the magazine, I was quite pleased to see a 2-page spread about Country Workshops. A nice general feature about their classes, and some of the history of how it came to be. The author took some of the same photos I shot last summer when we were there for my box-making class. These chairs of Drew’s are some of my favorites, especially the low-back version. The chair is pictured in the new article, but without Rose in it… (it’s in Drew’s book The Chairmaker’s Workshop too – 

Drew's chairs


Drew's low-back chair


It’s hard to take bad pictures there; here is a barn I worked on back in 1988, looking like it belongs there 20+ years later…

the new barn


I’m really looking forward to being back there this summer, as a student this time. Spoon carving with Jogge Sundqvist.

Meanwhile, spring migration is about to really take off here in southern New England. So don’t expect much woodsy bits next week. Here’s a new arrival in our neighborhood today.

eastern bluebird


I’ve posted a bunch of stuff that involved Country Workshops before. For those who missed these the first time around, I dug ’em out for you:

3 thoughts on “Country Workshops again

  1. Peter, looks like we’ll get a chance to meet this summer. I got into Jogge’s first class at Country Workshops. I’m really looking forward to developing my axe technique more and I want to start with surface carving and painting.

    Drew & Louise sure are inspirational. The handmade life ethos becomes more and more attractive as our society speeds up and spins itself into technological knots. Today the handmade life is becoming less and less counter-cultural and counter-intuitive.

    It will be great to meet fellow travelers on the path to a handmade life.

  2. I’ve very much enjoyed reading Drew’s book, The Chairmaker’s workshop! Looking forward to a class someday…

    In the Introduction, there’s a wainscot chair done by Peter, with the carvings of the Savell Shop Tradition. circa 1992. Was this for a museum, or for yourself? Very nice!


  3. Some very early Newport high-top and low-back chairs are quite instructive in regard to this design, as are some of the simpler, so-called “Rustic” English ones in the Thames Valley manner. One of these Newport chairs just sold in Keno Auctions. The design is aided greatly by devoting a little more attentin to the stake feet and by a slightly more complex plan for the seat, perhaps with a slight outer inflection at the front corners.

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