|I grew up with woodworking. Both grandfathers
and my dad were craftsmen. My Grandfather Fenn
got his cabinetmaking training in London, my
other grandfather built boats, and my father, 95
when he recently died, made Adirondack furniture
in New York's Hudson Valley.
I generally use plantation mahogany for its looks,
durability, and affordability. Oiled or left to
weather, mahogany will stand up over time.
Because it is a hardwood, fasteners stay put in it
longer. For their strength and durability, I use
No-Co-Rode screws. Then I finish most piece
with Penofin Marine Oil, which applies easily and
produces a matte finish.
The mahogany comes from Bohnhoff Lumber as
rough planks, and I take it through all the stages
from thickness planing to final product.
Strong and comfortable, my furniture comes to
you fully assembled and ready for use.
My wife, Anne, and I live in the hills of northeast
Los Angeles, surrounded by nature above the
Arroyo Seco. Besides our human neighbors, we
are fortunate to have hawks, coyotes, owls,
hummingbirds, walnuts, and wild flowers.
|My Dad (above and below) in his shop with
the 1922 Electric Carpenter and on the lawn
with a row of his chairs. Hudson Valley,
|Anne, Jack, Andi near the house, LA