Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mortise & Tenon Magazine: Official Unveiling

Today is the official public launch of a new venture I’m undertaking. The past four years I’ve been blogging here at the Diary about my furniture conservation practice and preindustrial woodworking. My own thoughts and understanding have been refined, the readership has grown significantly, and most importantly I have made lifetime friends with like minded woodworkers.

While maintaining the blog has been valuable, I’ve decided to allow it to blossom into the form it appears to be naturally heading. From here on out I will be dedicating time and energy to creating an annual print magazine that seeks to provide readers a bridge between the worlds of furniture maker, conservator, and scholar. (In case you’re wondering, this doesn’t mean I will be altogether closing the doors on The Diary.)

I’ve found the interrelationship between these disciplines to be a fascinating tri-perspectival look at furniture made by the sweat of the brow before the industrial revolution. No one of these perspectives has the whole picture in view. In order to fully understand historic furniture making, we need the insight of a disciplined look at period documentation combined with analysis of actual surviving objects. But even that’s not enough. We then need to pick up those tools and walk in the shoes of the artisan to recreate the process and product if we’re going to get a glimpse into the mindset of the original maker.

Mortise & Tenon Magazine will be a no-advertisement, 130-150 page independent annual publication printed on perfect bound 70# matte paper. The magazine will have a crisp minimalist aesthetic relying heavily on rich photography to enhance each article and essay. Sample page spreads are on the website.

Issue One is currently under development with an expected print date sometime this coming winter. I’m not taking pre-orders until the issue is complete so if you are interested in what we’re doing here, please visit our website and connect with us on our social media pages.

Please visit the new website for more information about the distinctive vision for M&T. Sign up for the email list on the site and you will receive periodic updates and information about pre-ordering dates. You will notice we also have launched Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages in order to keep everyone in the loop on the progress of the magazine. This is the best way to keep in touch with us so “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter. I want to hear your thoughts about the magazine.

Thank you, readers, for your input and support thus far. It’s my hope that this next step will be an even more valuable asset to your creative life.

Here’s the Mortise & Tenon official site:


  1. Looks and sounds great Joshua-
    best of luck with M & T ~
    I'm singing up now!

  2. I'm looking forward to it.

  3. Sounds interesting. I'll be checking it out!

  4. Will you still have your Blog page??

  5. Sounds great, I'm very much looking forward to your first issue.