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Meet My Dad, The Woodcarver

am a product of my parents. In me, I can see some traits which I get from my mom and some things I get from my dad. I attribute my woodworking abilities to my dad. His name is Jack Branch, and he has been doing woodworking in some form for as long as I can remember. He has designed and built a number of things: furniture, the picnic table and benches out on the screen porch, the cabinet which housed my stereo system – and there were plenty of other things he made as I grew up. Over the past decade, he has developed into a very skilled woodcarver. I visited his home and workshop yesterday, and I have to say that my dad is very fortunate to have such a gigantic space for a workshop. The basement of his home is large enough to fit six cars and has a ceiling height of at least 14 feet. His workshop is a magical place full of sculptures and caricatures. I hope the photos below convey …

A Conversation with Tom Baker

Every now and then I run across woodworking that is very creative and should be shared. Today, I am starting a series at woodfever.net where I highlight the work of woodworkers who are doing work I wish I were doing. These conversations will likely be sporadic in frequency, but something that I will definately continue doing as time permits. Enjoy. I am currently working on the renovation of my front porch. This project includes replacing the newel post, which is commonly ornate in some way. I wondered if I could do something with my table saw to add some decoration to it. About that time, I ran across a dining table on Lumberjocks.com; it had an unusual pedestal design. I instantly took interest in this table and wondered if I could create some relief cuts in my newel post like the builder did with his pedestals. After closer inspection, I found the table had several creative design ideas and I really wanted to find out more about it. I asked the builder, Tom Baker, if I …