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    Suggestions?

    I have a couple of books by Darrell Pearl about Greene and Greene furniture and building. For the last few years I have been building -self taught- some of what I would call craftsman style end and sofa tables. I want to do more of that style. There are a lot of books regarding Greene and Greene and stickley style items. Just wondering what people’s suggestions might be for books on the subject? Help me winnow down the choices. Thanks Jared

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    Hi Jared
    Great to hear from another G & G fan. I recommend a visit to the Gamble House. These are the books I have;

    Design Elements for the Workshop by Darrell Peart paperback
    Good craftsman's guide

    Greene and Greene Furniture by David Mathias hardcover
    History and good photographs

    Greene and Greene by Edward Bosley hardcover
    History in more depth and more good photography

    Greene and Greene Masterworks hardcover
    Even more, and this book is printed in it's own custom font reminiscent of Henry Greene's penmanship.

    The last two I purchased on line, used, in great condition. They were about $12 each.

    How about sharing a picture or two of your tables?

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    For what it is worth, I know you asked about books, but in the event you're also a visual learner from videos, Marc Spagnuolo -- "The Wood Whisperer" is a huge Greene & Greene fan and has done a number of project videos over the years:

    https://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/?post_type=&s=greene

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    @Tom Bender--curious to know where Gamble House is. (hesitant to do a search for "gamble house"--don't want to start a bunch of casino ads popping up!!)

    Jared--i too would be interested in seeing a few photos...thanks!!
    earl

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    Thanks to the OP and posters for the ideas. I just ordered 3 G&G related books as recommended here. I have long been a fan of G&G style furniture.
    Ken

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    "Shop Drawings for G&G Furniture" by Bob Lang.
    David

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    All of the above, plus William Ng has several good vids on G&G furniture. His method for making the ebony plugs works great.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLopA6NF7dk

    Also, a lesser known A&C designer is Renee Macintosh. Macintosh Furniture by Michael Crow is a good jumping off place if you're interested. A bit of the history, and plans, cut lists, etc.

    I've also ordered a couple of the books Tom mentions. Thanks for the info Tom.
    If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.

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    I had a chance to see a few of Bill Carey's pieces last Friday--wonderful A & C style!!
    earl

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    Thanks Earl - was a pleasure meeting you. All good I presume?
    If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Carey View Post
    Thanks Earl - was a pleasure meeting you. All good I presume?
    Definitely--at least unloaded. The weekend took some unexpected turns--so no time in the shop, but a LOT of windshield time!!
    earl

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    Also, if you're on Instagram, Darrell Peart is a very frequent poster and is very generous about sharing his ideas, techniques, designs and tips. We had him come to the school as a guest lecturer last spring. He's about as straightforward and open as anyone I've ever met. He was asked on The Wood Whisperer Guild's Facebook page yesterday about a piece he had posted online and immediately responded with shop drawings, detail photos, etc of the construction. As long as it's not for resale he's more than willing to share.

    IMG_01294.jpg
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    And a piece I recently made after hearing his seminar, based on his Fremont Nightstand design.

    IMG_07361.jpg
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    There was a traveling museum show called something like "the good life". I saw it at the Oakland museum. It had lots of arts and crafts/mission furniture furnishing etc. I know some was from Pasadena. This was probably ten years ago. There was a book at the same time with the same name.
    Bil lD

    Maybe this?

    https://books.google.com/books?id=cn...akland&f=false

    or this

    https://books.google.com/books/about...d=pjxQAAAAMAAJ
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    Here's a desk in the style

    Desk 3.jpg

    The doors in the knee space hide an electrical area with a power strip.

    The top is granite.

    I really like the small shelf in the back.

    There are some 'blank canvas' areas that I may finish one day.
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    The Gamble House is in Pasadena, CA. There are several G&G houses in Pasadena but this is the only one I know that has tours.

  15. OP- If you had your location that might get you more help as to real furniture to view? An e.g. would be to say visit the Stickley Museum in NJ.
    FWIW, there are pictures online if you get brave and actually use the web to do meaningful searches. Worrying over web searches seems to be in "worry wart land" to my thinking. As a retired educator it's hard not to feel that way. My grandkids use it everyday to learn stuff.
    I called the Stickley/Craftsman Museum once several years ago toward my interest in a corner cabinet they have on display at the main house there. To my knowledge there is no measured drawing existing of that cabinet. I asked the person there if I visited would I be able to measure the piece, draw it up and give it to them for their own purposes along with my desire to replicate it. I got a hard no, you can come and look at it beyond the rope from a distance.
    My perspective is that they could measure the stuff they have and sell the drawings to people like us and help pay for that place to remain open.
    I made it from the web picture using osmosis or whatever it might be called. The corner cabinet was donated back to Stickley by Barbara Streisand and has a somewhat interesting story. I built my version from wormy chestnut and used antique glass in the doors salvaged from old window sashes out of Lexington, KY victorian home in the historic district. If you never cut antique glass get ready for much disappointment cause it breaks often! I went through a whole utility trailer full of old sashes to build one corner cabinet.

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