“I was lucky enough to be raised by two remarkable people: a carpenter with very high standards, and a mother who embroidered, crocheted, tatted, and a variety of other hand crafts at a high level of craftsmanship. I became an artist and teacher, working at Iowa Central Community College in the Art Department since 1990. About twenty-five years ago I began making furniture for the house we live in. I have become more adept at building complex furniture, workshop appliances, and small presentation cases. I prefer to use hand tools in much of my work, but will work with any machine that is appropriate and effective for a given operation. I own and operate Prairie’s Edge Studios in downtown Rockwell City, in an old old building that was at one time a furniture store.”
For the dovetail/presentation case workshop, I use the following tools. If students have them, they can bring them. Otherwise I will have what they need. The tools should be reasonably sharp.
Dovetail saw (western or Japanese)
Small chisels (western or Japanese)
Dovetail marker (a sliding bevel will substitute well)
Marking knife (an X-acto knife will substitute well)
Combination square (6” is nice, 12” will do—a try square will work too).
Set of dividers
Metal ruler that has gradations in 32nds (12-18” would be ideal. A good tape measure will suffice)
A jack plane (Stanley No. 5)
A smoothing plane (Stanley No. 4)