Book Case window seat
Several weeks ago, a friend of mine – knowing my obsession with all things wood – said “I have a puzzle table I think you’d like”. As a child growing up we were constantly doing jigsaw puzzles and it generally involved taking over the kitchen table for several days and having to eat in the living room.
Candles have been around for centuries – the earliest known candles were first seen in China around 200 BC and appeared in Europe after 400 AD. These first candles were generally made of natural fat and wax, with paraffin revolutionising candle-making in the 1830s.
“I want to make a wooden ring for my sister,” were the words of my young ‘Padawan’ Wes, “It’s simple!” he said as he proceeded to explain how we could do it on the lathe. I pointed out that while my turning skills are pretty good when it comes to big stuff like table legs, candle sticks and bowls. Tiny finger rings was a whole different story…
Hank Gilpin has been designing and building fine art furniture for almost 30 years. A native of Connecticut, Gilpin graduated from Boston University with a degree in photojournalism. He served in Vietnam as an army photographer, and returned to the States with the intention to study photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. A random choice of electives led Gilpin to woodworking, and his first teacher (and future mentor) was Tage Frid.
Atlas Obscura offers a look at a stranger collection of books. These books are housed at Padua University and are made entirely from wood: