Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Out Into The Open

 

If you’ve been following along here for any length of time, you are well aware of my interest in the furniture making of Jonathan Fisher. I’ve written about him here and here on the blog, I have given lectures on the man’s work, and I have told and retold the story many times to folks I meet. This past year I’ve gotten a variety of opportunities to share his story but in the next week or so the story will receive a broader audience. The Society of American Period Furniture Makers is publishing my first article on the Fisher story in their annual journal. If you are not yet a member, click here to find out more. There are, as always, some real heavy-hitters writing this year so I feel honored to be included in the 2015 American Period Furniture lineup.

I see my article, From Head, Heart, and Hand: The Furniture Making of Jonathan Fisher, as an introduction to Fisher’s productive efforts by highlighting some of the main themes of his story. In the article, I discuss his background, tool acquisition, shop setup, a few examples of pieces he made, and I begin to touch on how his view of manual skills related to his intellectual studies and religious devotion. Basically, this article is the seed form of the book I am writing. I look forward to exploring in the book all of these aspects in much more thorough detail. I’ll also have room to touch on so many other things I hoped to discuss in the SAPFM article.

If you read the article, drop me a line. I look forward to your feedback as it will help me construct my book manuscript into something fascinating and intelligible... it’s always good to bounce your work off someone else. It makes me think of the words of the 20th century poet-philosopher, W.T. Pooh, when he said, “When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.”

So check it out and let me know if it seems "Thingish" to you.

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