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Meeting Phil Lowe

Published on July 9, 2013, by in Furniture, Wood.

One of the trade magazines that Gerry reads regularly to keep on top of his woodworking skills is Fine Woodworking. Phil Lowe, owner and director of The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts in Beverly, MA has authored many articles over the years. He is also a visiting instructor at schools and woodworking organizations throughout the U.S.

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Aloha! I Just Discovered Koa!

Published on February 26, 2013, by in Education, Wood.

Gerry and I recently returned from a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii, where we first learned of the Koa tree, and immediately fell in love with the wood. Hawaii is the only place on earth (so far) where the Koa tree is found, and only grows at altitudes between 1500 and 6000 feet.

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It’s What’s Underneath That Counts! (Wood, Wood Products & Veneers, Part 3)

This is Part 3 in a series of posts about wood, wood products & wood veneers If your mom was like mine, she warned you to always wear clean underwear in case you got in an accident and had to go to the hospital. I think she thought it would be a reflection on her

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Veneer is Not a Bad Word….unless it’s bad veneer! (Wood, Wood Products & Veneers – Part 2)

This is Part 2 in a series of posts about wood, wood products & wood veneers “Ugh” the customer said after I told her how beautiful the inlaid veneer was on her 1920′s sideboard that she brought in for repair. “I didn’t realize it was veneer,” she continued, “I thought it was solid wood.” Veneer

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How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck? (Wood, Wood Products & Veneers – Part 1)

This is Part 1 in a series of posts about wood, wood products & veneers A friend of mine recently purchased a dining table from a high end furniture store, after being told by the salesperson that it was solid wood.  While it is true that the table was made mostly from wood products, it was

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