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  1. Plantation Shutters Part 1

    In the past few weeks, there has been a lot of talk about plantation shutters. I just started on making some for our house yesterday and figured I would document my progress along the way for anyone else that's venturing into plantation shutters.

    The louvers will be made from basswood while all the other components will be made from poplar (purchased from creeker Tom Sontag at Lumber Logs).

    My first set of plantation shutters will be made for the following window, which ...
  2. An update

    Well after couple of months of searching, it seems that a very likely prospect is at hand. I have worked hard to strengthen my knee and regain the flexibility, much to my doctor's surprise. He was surprised with the progress I had made back in March but still felt that I would have permanent restrictrictions. Since then I have continued to work on my knee and have now achieved a functional knee that has my doctor scratching his head. I have been released to go back to full duty with no restrictions. ...
  3. Who was the other Englishman?

    William Morris (1834-1896) can be considered the father of the Arts & Crafts
    Movement. He was an artist, writer, socialist and entrepreneur.

    I'll get to him next..
    and his chair!
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  4. Who planted the seed which bloomed into Arts & Crafts?

    The Arts & Crafts movement was started independantly by two Englishmen in the late 1800ís.

    John Ruskin was an author, poet, social critic and an art professor at Oxford.
    He put forth the idea that it would benefit society to move away from factory sweatshops and their mass produced shoddy goods, towards hand crafted high quality goods. His philosophy expressed a desire to return to craftsman working within the medieval guild system for the benefit of workers and society. ...

    Updated 06-07-2008 at 8:35 PM by Walt Caza

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  5. the thumbnail history of Arts & Crafts opener:

    There is already too much written about the intriguing Arts & Crafts movement, and by better authors.
    I only intend to recap the parts which affect furniture design.

    My sources for this quickie A&C history will be:

    Mission Furniture you can build by Wagner

    WOOD magazine A&C furniture

    Pop WW A&C furniture projects

    A&C furniture by Howard

    In the Craftsman Style by Fine WW

    Authentic ...