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Happy New Year

It is estimated that more than 906,000 hectares (2,238,775 acres) of forest in the Amazon biome were burned in 2019. By Christmas, the Australian bush fires razed over 3,000,000 hectares (7,413,161 acres) and in the past week, countless thousands more … Continue reading

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Season’s Greetings

Whatever your persuasion and situation, I wish you all well during the festive season. Thomas Rowlandson, The Glutton, circa 1812. Jack Plane

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Picture This CXXXVI

I previously mentioned the differences between plain cut-in and worked-up shelf supports for bookcases etc. The image below is a good example of simple cut-in supports. Oak bookcase, circa 1760. Jack Plane

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The Old Irish Tree List

In pre-Christian Irish society, Brehons, or judges, laid down the law. This early body of law is now recognised as probably the oldest known European example of a sophisticated legal system. The Brehon law survived relatively intact right through the … Continue reading

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Ah Diddley Dee Potatoes!

To all Irishmen, particularly those in absentia… happy Saint Patrick’s Day. Jack Plane

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“To a Walnut Dask”, Part II, The Writing Compartment.

Originally posted on In Proportion to the Trouble:
Writing compartment of the desk attributed to John Head. Made in Philadelphia, 1720-1740. Black walnut, hard pine, Atlantic white cedar, yellow poplar, brass, iron. Private collection. For a lack of other surviving…

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“To a Walnut Dask” Part I

Originally posted on In Proportion to the Trouble:
In the account book of the joiner John Head (1688-1754) there are debit entries for 45 desks, the first entry coming in 1719, two years after Head immigrated from England to Philadelphia,…

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Milk of Human Purblindness

Over the weekend I received a flurry of emails from readers wishing to know the brand and colour of milk paint I used on a pair of forest chairs I made last year. I suppose it had to happen one … Continue reading

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Quote of the Week

[…] Thomas Chippendale. His designs reached both sides of the Atlantic […][1] Jack Plane [1] Nichols House Museum, Boston.

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Patches II

Having read the earlier post Patches, Pablo Bronstein sent me a few pictures of a walnut escritoire in his possession with an unusual patch in the upper left side of the chest (figs. 1 & 2). Fig. 1. Inlaid quadrant … Continue reading

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