Patina Reflections


Returning to wood and tools after a 20-year hiatus.

Building a Desk – Part 3

Each side of the desk has three legs — with a small 12 inch gap between two of the legs where a drawer will fit.  I decided that using mortise and tenons on those pieces between the legs was the […]

Building a Desk – Part 2

This picture shows the well used plane that I purchased when Judy’s parents left the farm and retired. I am using this number 7 plane to joint the boards that form the top.  Normally, you would use a power joiner, […]

Building a Desk – Part 1

Always enamored with quarter-sawn white oak, I picked that wood for my first big project a few months back.  There is a great place over in Dunlap, IA where you can get lumber at nice prices that are planed (roughly) […]

Get Me One of These

As a young boy, the oldest of the children, I often found myself lingering around a project that my father was working during his day off.  In the cold months, his projects were in the warm, company owned shop that […]

Judy’s Father

Shortly after our last child was born, Judy and I moved to her home town in Kansas.  A lot of influences went into that decision, and one of them was the opportunity to work with Judy’s father, Curt L Regehr. […]