I see a lot of boring designs out there.
The quality is excellent, the workmanship is flawless, but the end result is just blah - an exercise in beige.
It takes a large amount of time from your life to make a piece of furniture. It doesn’t matter if the piece reflects good design or bad, it takes the same time to make, so why would you waste time making a boring piece.
School of Furniture (video tour):
A short video of the new shop space for the school of furniture. It took us over a year to finish and many trips to the dump but everything is in place. We started c ...
After a year of hard work and many trips to the local dump, we removed 26 tons of stuff from the building, we finally are up and running, we have been doing private mentoring for some students and had ...
Remodeling End In Sight - Fall 2014 Registration is Now Open!
Many of you are aware that our major building remodel held several little nasty surprises for us – which unfortunately dampened our pla ...
Masterpiece School of Furniture offers a rich variety of furniture making and woodworking courses and our professional series is now open for enrollment. Indulge your inner woodworker and learn how to make world-class furniture. We teach furniture design, woodworking basics, wood carving, wood turning, joinery, wood finishing, and so much more. Classes begin on September 2nd, 2014 and students can choose between 3, 6, and 9-month training programs. See our Professional Training Courses for more information.
At the tender age of sweet sixteen, and after a couple of years of making toast holders, magazine racks, cuckoo clocks, and music boxes, it was time to face the big, scary, real world. The end of my schooling was coming up fast. I hadn’t learned much apart from wood shop, drawing and some geography – well, that’s not quite true – I learned I was useless at math, algebra, English and P.E.
So I applied to join the Royal Navy. I thought that a journey around the world would be better than being stuck in Glasgow, in the cold and rain. My dreams were of faraway places with palm trees and dusky maidens – a lot more appealing than my current situation.
My navy application came and I was showing everyone my forms when my grandfather, his cigarette still stuck to his lip, suggested that what I really needed was to get a real job. Actually it sounded more like, “vot the f*ck is dis shite, come vith me” and he grabbed my arm and pulled me out the door.
My first memories of a woodworking shop were of my grandfather’s shop in Glasgow, Scotland.
He was Lithuanian. His name was Mathius Balaiki and he fled to Scotland with his brother, Brankus, to escape from Germany sometime during the 1930’s. Their names were later changed to Mathew and Branky Blakey.
My grandfather had a very small piece of hand-made cigarette stuck to his bottom lip as a permanent fixture on his face. On closer inspection, you could see burn blisters on his lip – maybe he fell asleep with this cigarette still lit and it stuck to his lip. Anyway, it was always there, the same size, about half an inch long. Wondering how it would stay in place used to fascinate me.
Grandfather’s shop was under a stone-built Victorian railway arch that led to Glasgow Central Station. There were quite a few businesses housed under those old arches. I remember them as being very dark, with wet dripping stonework, damp and cold inside – but then again, it was Glasgow and everything was cold and wet. My mum used to take me to the shop and leave me with these two old grumpy men from another country with limited ability to speak English. I guess my mum was working and we had no babysitters.
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