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Category: Wood

R.I.P. Frank David: Thanks for Sharing Your Passion for Wood

Posted on September 24th, by Andy Brownell in Wood. 15 comments


It’s never easy to come to grips with the death of a friend. However, the recent passing of Frank David, of Midwest Woodworking didn’t come as a total surprise. Frank has been in and out of the hospital for the last five years since I’ve known him. His health had continued to go downhill over the last decade and had according to some, he “cheated death” more than a few times. He had a strong will and constitution, but sadly, his body finally gave out earlier this week.

I was introduced to Frank by a family friend who was also his … Read More »

For Everyone Who Attended The Midwest Woodworking Sale Event

Posted on August 18th, by Andy Brownell in marketing & promotion, Wood. 5 comments

Last night’s dose of Advil has all but worn off by now. My body aches are likely to continue as I begin to move the 450 bd/ft pile of lumber from my car’s garage spot into the storage locker in my basement. However, these are not complaints. They are the lingering reminders of what was considered by most of the 200+ attendees an extremely successful event. Friday was in fact a personal day off from work my company refers to as a “Curiosity Day” a paid day off each employee is given to get out and try something new, different, … Read More »

What Motivates the Furnituremaker, Material or Design?

Posted on August 8th, by Andy Brownell in Gorilla Glue, marketing & promotion, Wood. 2 comments

I guess it all depends. But it seems like there are two basic schools of thought.


Design motivates me when it comes to taking on new challenges or fabrication techniques. Bent lamination, organic curves and using veneer in my designs are relatively new areas for me. I’ve been a pretty boxy guy when it comes to furniture design. I think it’s partly due to my limited free time to actually spend in the shop. My wife would probably tell you it’s my type-A personality that always seeks order. Being a parent with a full time job outside of my basement and … Read More »