Filed under: Craft | Tags: american craft council, American Craftsman, furniture, Tage Frid, woodworking
Tage Frid was a Danish born woodworker who had a great influence on American craft and furniture making. Immigrating to the US at the request of the American Craft Council he first taught at the School for American Craftsmen and later at the Rhode Island School of Design. His teachings had a great impact on many American furniture makers and played a great role in the studio furniture movement, which encouraged the making of one of a kind pieces of furniture by individual crafts people instead of mass produced furniture.
Preparing boards by hand
While attending Pratt I took several furniture courses where Tage Frid and his teachings served as a basis of knowledge for figuring out how to work with wood. His series of books, Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking was a required reading. All the images shown here are from those books. The vignettes provided detailed instructions on how to complete endless types of joinery and even how to use specific tools.
How to properly handle a band saw blade.
Tage Frid’s teaching and wisdom can also be found in Fine Woodworking magazine, where he was an editor from 1975 til his death in 2004.
Filed under: Craft | Tags: American Craftsman, crafts, craftswoman, handmade, The Craftsman in America
I am not even going to try to define or fully explore what it means to be a craftsman, or craftswoman for that matter, in America and especially not in one singular post. However I found this book, The Craftsman in America published by the National Geographic Society, which does a pretty good job a capturing a sense of what it means to be an “craftsman.”
Along with the images of the people themselves who craft these handmade objects the book also depicts the great variety of crafts made by Americans at the time, and with hope today.
Enjoy the rest of the set here.