Tage Frid
October 11, 2011, 8:28 pm
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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.