Author and very accomplished furnituremaker Darrell Peart wrote up a short note about his new book, Greene and Greene: Design Elements for the Workshop, which will be released by Linden in April 2006. You can preorder Darrell's book now from Amazon using the preceding link, or find it at your local bookstore after that date. Just as Darrell's advice is invaluable to the woodworkers on the Greene & Greene furniture listserv that I subscribe to, this book promises to be a tremendously useful (and very affordable!) resource to any furnituremaker interested in Greene & Greene style and techniques:
With a series of fully illustrated step-by-step procedures my book offers the reader instructions for producing the essential Greene and Greene details.
- Blacker leg indent detail
- ebony buttons (plugs)
- exposed ebony spline and breadboard construction
- Blacker Pull
- Blacker brackets
- relief detail
The book also includes background information on the designers of the furniture, Charles and Henry Greene, and the craftsmen who built the furniture, Peter and John Hall. Just as Charles and Henry (Greene) were in many ways opposites, so it was with Peter and John (Hall). Their strong and weak points complimented one another. I have included examples of personal work by the individual Hall brothers. Some of my thoughts on the design process are included as well as examples of G&G inspired work by contemporary furniture makers.
I encourage readers of my book to use the information given as a starting point to create their own designs using the G&G vocabulary. Some of my thoughts on the Design process are included as well as examples of G&G inspired work by contemporary furniture makers. I encourage readers of my book to use the information given as a starting point to create their own designs using the G&G vocabulary.