In the Greene & Greene Style Book Review - Canadian Woodworking Magazine

A wonderful sourcebook on design details that any woodworker will find intriguing.

In the Greene & Greene Style Book Review

In the Greene & Greene Style: Projects and Details for the Woodworker

When it comes to 'Greene & Greene' style furniture, Darrell Peart is the 'horse's mouth' so to speak. He's a fount of wisdom and experience on the subject, having built, written, and lectured on G&G for the better part of two decades. If you're not overly familiar with G&G style furniture, then you might want to read Peart's 2005 "Greene & Green: Design Elements for the Shop", in which he extensively introduces the G&G style.

Proud finger joint

While you might not be particularly enamored by the G&G style, I think you'll have to admit that the design details are quite striking. You'll often see these details crop up in contemporary furniture design – particularly the cloud lift, proud finger joint, leg 'waterfall' indent, and ebony plugs and splines.

Ebony spline

In this new book Peart demonstrates how to employ a range of G&G stylistic features, including the block and dowel pull, a G&G influenced design that was popularized by James Krenov. There are copious photos that show how to make each of the design details. He also includes plans for two projects – speaker stands, and the Seattle Mirror Frame.

Peart writes in an engaging style that makes it seem as if you're next to him in the workshop. The photos, however, aren't as clear as they might have been. Perhaps Peart took them himself in the shop. Still, they don't overly detract from the book.

Whether or not you like G&G, this is a wonderful sourcebook on design details that you'll likely find useful in your own furniture building evolution. Highly recommended for woodworkers of any skill level.

"...take from Greene & Greene what you will, and augment to that whatever inspires you. But 'mixing & matching' must be done with forethought..."


For more on Darrell Peart check out his website.

Table of Contents:

  • The Arched Pull
  • Large Proud Finger Joints
  • The Block & Dowel Pull
  • Rectangular Ebony Plugs and More
  • More on the Ebony Spline
  • The Strap Detail
  • The Waterfall Leg
  • Speaker Stands
  • Seattle Mirror Frame

PUBLISHER:Linden Publishing
AVAILABLE FROM:Your local bookseller or online
FORMAT:Softcover, 114 pages
AUTHOR:The Center for Art in Wood

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