Earlier this week subscribers to Popular Woodworking Magazine were mailed their November 2010 issues (you may not have even received it yet). In the issue, you’ll find an article I wrote for the Arts and Mysteries column. The subject of the column is how to make the bookstand pictured at the head of this post.
What you see in the photo in this post is the original bookstand from around 1690. In case you aren’t aware, bookstands from that time period are extremely rare. I feel very privileged to have had access to an original and even more so that I could bring it to you in the pages of Popular Woodworking Magazine.
The article was limited in size due to the structure of the magazine. So, in the interest of further education, next week’s post will be a ton of additional step by step photos on how to make the bookstand. Call them “supplemental” photos to the article. Once you read the article, the first place you should check to get the answers to your questions is right here on my blog. The second place you should check to get the answers to your STILL unanswered questions is…well, right here on my blog. If something in the article, or in my blog post, is unclear make sure you ask the question in the comments portion of the blog. I’ll do my best to answer any questions put forth…within reason, of course.
The following week’s post will begin a short series on how I “aged” the finish on the piece in the article. I get questions all the time from folks wanting to know how to patinate a finish. The blog series to follow is but one set of steps that can be followed to color and distress a piece. I’ll be showing everything I did on this particular piece to achieve the look you’ll see in the magazine. Some of my alternate methods, however, will remain a secret.
Until next week, you’ll have to be satisfied with drooling over the picture of the original bookstand at the top of this post. Enjoy.