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In 1990 our family moved to the Central Adirondacks of New York, a little hamlet called Thendara.  This close knit community was the perfect place to raise our young family.  Surrounded by thousands of acres of ‘Forever Wild’ forests, it truly lives up to its Native American translation of ‘Edge of the Woods’.

On the property was an existing shop that at one time, as far back as the 1940’s, worked on varied woodworking jobs.  I found some of the original printed invoices and brochures for Thendara Woodworking’s services back then, and even inherited some of the very equipment that was used in the shop.  The old shop had to be renovated to house my dental laboratory that I operate as my main source of income ( see; HPS-Smile.com ).  But years later my continued interest and work on the place necessitated setting up a shop.  On the property we had an old cottage needing quite a bit of work; that became the wood shop.  I slowly repaired and rebuilt this space and added equipment until I had a fairly well appointed shop, and once I decided to get more serious about fine woodwork this became the beginning of the new ‘Thendara Woodworking’.     

I thought it would be fitting, almost a no-brainer, to keep the name.  Maybe it was a lack of creativity, but it sounded right and the continuity for the spirit of the place appealed to me also. 


                                                                                                       In The Shop                                                                                                 
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You could say I started my journey with woodworking back when I needed to outfit my dental lab with some cabinets.  A laboratory needs quite an array of work areas and this requires many linear feet of cabinets for work stations.  Being on a tight budget and having a lot of interest, with I thought, fairly good skills with working wood I jumped in.  With the help of a friend who worked at a local boat building concern that produced high end yachts we commenced to design and build the lab in my garage shop.  Well, I soon realized that my idea of working wood with hammer and nail was far from the fine woodwork this fellow did every day.  Being in a precise business myself I appreciated how the attention to detail and accuracy produced durable, square and beautiful cabinets that would take the day to day use I would give them in my work space.  This was before the internet made it possible to learn almost anything on-line.  So I was fortunate to receive this mentoring from a skilled craftsman on nuances of getting a truly sharp edge on a chisel or how to read a piece of wood for what it wants to do, and more.  Those days stayed with me and my interest grew.  I began collecting tools to do more of this work that would become increasingly more interesting the deeper I went.        

These cabinets, mostly plywood and plastic laminate, just made me want to do more; mainly, to work in solid wood.  Not until years later when I studied traditional joinery, could I begin to do work that I envisioned.  Hand cut joints, dovetails and mortise and tenons, allowed me to work the wood as it had been done for generations past.  I enjoyed the sense of durable permanence it imbued in the work and the old school way of cabinet making.  Moreover the look and feel of finely worked wood has always appealed to me, the wonderful array of beautiful exotics as well as the more common domestics.  I find the palette of colors and grain to be an inspiration for design and form; often I feel the wood is the main attraction in my work, that it is a vehicle to show the wood to its best effect.  I hope I do it justice.

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