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Home Craftsman No04 (1905)

Home Craftsman No04 (1905)

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Published by Robert Elliott PH.d
Home Craftsman Chapter 4 of 14

HOME TRAINING IN CABINET WORK: NEW
SERIES OF PRACTICAL TALKS ON STRUCTURAL
WOOD WORKING. BY GUSTAV STICKLEY
HE spirit and purpose of this series of articles on structural wood working is best expressed in the motto of THE CRAFTSMAN, “Als ik kan,” and in beginning this friendly talk with the boys, young and older-grown,-it seems most natural to go back to the time when I was a boy and first learned to make things. Although the boys of to-day are to be the men of to-morrow, there are many grown-ups whom I hope to interest in these practical talks illustrated with drawings and working plans as object lessons, that can be utilized by any boy or man who wishes to do something with his own hands and head, and to learn how to do things right by beginning right.
Home Craftsman Chapter 4 of 14

HOME TRAINING IN CABINET WORK: NEW
SERIES OF PRACTICAL TALKS ON STRUCTURAL
WOOD WORKING. BY GUSTAV STICKLEY
HE spirit and purpose of this series of articles on structural wood working is best expressed in the motto of THE CRAFTSMAN, “Als ik kan,” and in beginning this friendly talk with the boys, young and older-grown,-it seems most natural to go back to the time when I was a boy and first learned to make things. Although the boys of to-day are to be the men of to-morrow, there are many grown-ups whom I hope to interest in these practical talks illustrated with drawings and working plans as object lessons, that can be utilized by any boy or man who wishes to do something with his own hands and head, and to learn how to do things right by beginning right.

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HOME TRAINING IN CABINET WORK. PRAC-TICAL TALKS ON STRUCTURAL WOOD WORK-ING. FOURTH OF THE SERIES
T had been determined to present in this fourth practical talkthe subject of woods, their quality and texture, and how tostain and finish them so as to preserve and emphasize all theirnatural beauty.We have had a number of wood specimensprepared, and these were placed in the hands of our photog-rapher so that he could picture them for our readers. Buthe has found the task rather more difficult than he supposed, owingto our insistence that the grain and texture of the wood shall be clearlyshown. He promises success in later endeavors, hence we are com-pelled to defer our “wood talk” until the next issue.While these are to be practical lessons in actual wood-working Ideem it of the highest practical importance, even thus early in theseries, to give a few suggestions on “Individualism in Design.” Itis well for the beginner to work from good models designed for him,and to do his work thoroughly and well. But it is equally good forhim-and far more important in the end - that he begin to lookaround at the source of all inspiration, Nature, and think for himselfto the end that he create his own designs. A copyist can never be areal artist, no matter what the field in which he works. He mayhave the greatest ability in the world to alter and change and com-bine, but if he seeks for his inspiration solely from what some oneelse has done, he is a copyist and not an artist. It is what we do our-selves, of our own impelling, that is of value to us.In cabinet making I would suggest the fullest exercise of this freespirit. Think for yourself.Design to meet your own demands.Work out problems of your own. Don’t do things in a certain waybecause other people do them, but because you have decided that thatis the best possible way. If you can see a better way go ahead andtry it.Yet here it is essential that one most important principle be notoverlooked. Remember this.Never do a thing unless somethingdefinite justifies it. Don’t follow your own whims, any more thanyou follow those of other people. Do things because they need to bedone. Let your design grow out of necessity. Many of the moststrikingly artistic and beautiful things that have come down to us
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HOME TRAINING IN CABINET WORKout of the past were made simply because the creators met each diffi-culty in a masterly way as it arose.In other words, they did nothingwithout a reason. So should you discipline yourself, that everythingyou do has a clear reason therefor in your own mind.It must also be distinctly understood that the proper preparationfor this freedom, both of the mind and in design and work, can onlycome to full fruition by compelling your hands to obey you in doingwhatever you have undertaken.Do not think for one moment thatyou can do good individualistic work, until you have demonstratedthat you can copy so that the sternest critic must commend what youhave done. Bliss Carman never wrote a truer thing than when hesaid :‘(1 have an idea that evil came on earth when the first man orwoman said, ‘That isn’t the best I can do, but it is well enough.’Inthat sentence the primitive curse was pronounced, and until we banishit from the world again we shall be doomed to inefficiency, sicknessand unhappiness.Thoroughness is an elemental virtue.In naturenothing is slighted, but the least and the greatest of tasks are per-formed with equal care, and diligence, and patience, and love, andintelligence. We are ineffectual because we are slovenly and lazyand content to have things half done; we are willing to sit down andgive up before the thing is finished. Whereas we should never stopshort of an utmost effort toward perfection, so long as there is a breathin our body.”Now that is something worth writing out and hanging over one’swork-bench. It is on a line with St. Paul’s: “I have fought a goodfight,” or Robert Browning’s emphatic words, where in the prefaceto his poems he says:“Having hith’erto done my utmost in the artto which my life is a devotion, I cannot undertake to increase theeffort.”And in spite of its commercialism, its hurry, its apparentdisregard of true art, this individualism in art is what the world islooking for to-day.It needs the man who knows what is good, andwho boldly declares it, and then stands by his declaration.This is
my
thought,
my
design,
my
work.As one writer has well said:“A blacksmith whistling at his forge may fashion a horseshoe aftersome fancy of his own and watch with delight the soft red iron takeshape beneath his blows;when cold he finds that in some mannerhe has impressed his individuality upon his work, so that he couldpick the shoe out of a thousand, even as he would know his ownchild among a million.”
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HOME TRAINING IN CABINET WORK
MAGAZINE CABINET
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IS is a useful piece in any livingroom where loose papers and maga-zines are apt to accumulate. Thepurpose in making it larger at the bottomis to attain greater symmetry ‘and to givethe idea of stability.A perfectly verticalstand would appear narrower at the bottomthan at the top.Put together the entire end first, thenthe shelves, the top and bottom ones, how-ever, being last. Do not drive the keys intenon holes hard enough to split the wood.Note that the three center shelves are slightlylet in at full size into the posts and end up-rights.As such a stand may need to be moved,it is appropriate that it be made of soft woodif desirable. Whether of hard or soft woodit should be suitably colored.
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