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Blog entry by TDog posted 02-04-2013 03:02 AM 4103 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I decided to blog on the woodworkers and writers who inspire me to “work the wood” besides the fact that it is a thing that is just “in my blood” or a legal addiction…how nice!

Slant Top Desk by C.H. Becksvoort

The Short List

Woodworkers (in influential order)
1. C.H. Becksvoort-maker of amazing Shaker Style Furniture plus great Shaker Inspired Author
2. Thomas Moser-the great American Dream in real life, Thomas Moser Furniture-and a great classic book to boot
3. Glen Huey-the ultimate in beautifully made and “how to” make furniture books
3. Darrell Peart-the most amazing blanket chest I have every seen….Greene and Greene
4. Jim Tolpin-a real world honest cabinet maker who shares his experience of the business and a great book on tool boxes.

Dr. White’s Chest by Thomas Moser

Books (in order of most read)
1. How To Build Shaker Furniture by Thomas Moser
2. Furniture In The Southern Style by Robert W. Lang and Glen Huey
3. The Shaker Legacy by Christian Becksvoort
4. The Toolbox Book by Jim Tolpin
5. The Anarchist’s Tool Chest by Christopher Schwarz

Desired Upcoming Builds

1. Another Tool Chest using the scale (paper) plans by Chris Gouchnour (plans)
2. Dr. White’s Chest from Thomas Moser’s How to Build Shaker Furniture (book)
3. Desk with Book Case from Furniture In The Southern Style (book)
4. The Chest of Drawers from The Joiner and The Cabinet Maker (book)

The Toolbox Book by Jim Tolpin


1. Christian Becksvoort- I continue to be challenged by his amazing overall craftsmanship and understanding of wood grain, movement, durable joinery, and beautiful finishes

2. Jim Tolpin – who ever knew you could study the same tool chests, cabinets, and storage systems so long and continuously be inspired to build a beautiful system to store your tools or someone elses if they desire a special gift for their birthday or Christmas.

3. Thomas Moser – hey, he built his business from the ground up with great long term employees and his designed continue to be beautiful and inspiring … and he wrote an easy to understand how to book that can keep many a woodworker constantly busy in the workshop crafting practical and beautiful furniture with everything from yellow pine to the most exotic woods if desired.

Chest of Drawers from The Joiner and The Cabinet Maker

Hope you have a chance to SHARE your influences and pictures here soon!

-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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#1 posted 02-04-2013 03:37 AM

Norm,Moser,beecksvoort,Frid,Maloof,Marks,Kernov,Nakashima,Stickley,G&Gbrothers,Neil. and more.


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#2 posted 02-04-2013 03:39 AM


-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#3 posted 02-04-2013 06:59 PM

Ron Swanson.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 02-04-2013 07:06 PM

Michael Pekovich, Gregory Paolini, Kevin Rodel.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#5 posted 02-05-2013 02:47 AM

I would say Jesus too for sure.
If people want to get more pieces from me,
I’m doing a free Complimentary Bible with each piece.

-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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#6 posted 02-07-2013 04:12 AM


Another reason I am passionate about woodworking and craftsmanship,
Out of the last two professional woodworkers I have emailed, both have emailed me
back personally and taken the time to address questions and discussion points
about woodworking and such more than once.

Kudos for Woodworking Professionals,

I don’t know of many other Pros in other careers (NBA or MLB etc) who normally take the time for
the inspiring hobbyist. Thank you Chris Schwarz and Christian Becksvoort. Two class acts.
No offense to any others, just have not empaled them of yet. :)

You guys are a credit to the craft,

Enjoy working the wood all my fellow lumberjocks….


-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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#7 posted 02-07-2013 09:09 PM

Travis I have had the same response from almost all I have dealt with myself. A few have so much on them I know there is not enough time to respond to all the questions. I have interviewed a few on my blog and was impressed at the in depth response I received. A woodworkers heart is a mighty big one and all seem to care and want to pass information on to the next. Face it we like to show folks what we build. Networking online has brought me a wealth of information, friends, supplies and materials that I would not have been able to receive locally.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#8 posted 02-08-2013 03:10 AM

Wow, what a terrible typo. I made in my previous post about woodworking professionals.

It should read…

CORRECTION: “No offense to any others, I just have not EMAILED THEM OF YET…”

I have no desire to ever harm anyone in anyway whatsoever especially if they love woodworking…LOL

-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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#9 posted 02-08-2013 03:24 AM

lol, empale! I don’t want to make your list…I’ve only been woodworking for less that 3 years and I’ve read as much as I possibly can since starting, but the biggest influence and inspiration on my woodworking have been other LJ’s. Everyday on this site I see different projects that give me ideas for what I want to build, what skills I want to learn. I just finished “The Soul of a Tree by Nakashima” which is a powerfully written book and very inspiring, but I wouldn’t have given Nakashima a second thought if I wouldn’t have seen stuff other LJ’s have done…

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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