Agung Darmawan

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The first time I saw an 18th-century workbench, I thought: Wow. That will never work. But then I built some of these benches (dozens, actually), and I am a huge fan of the form’s stability, simplicity and purity. So the first time I saw a Roman workbench from 50 A.D., I thought: Hmmm. That would never work. But then, in a rare act of self-awareness, I caught myself before I …

A carpenter using a hammer and chisel to carve notches in a piece of wood. Roman fresco from the House of the Vettii at Pompeii

竹の素材を活かした箸置き|箸・カトラリー|NITTAKE|ハンドメイド通販・販売のCreema

竹の素材を活かした箸置き|箸・カトラリー|NITTAKE|ハンドメイド通販・販売のCreema

On the cover of “Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use” there are a couple low sawhorse-gizmos parked beneath my French-style workbench that look like Munchkins from the Lollipop Guild could have used them to build the set for the “Wizard of Oz.” Those are Japanese sawing trestles that I built five or six years ago based on plans from Toshio Odate’s “Japanese Woodworking Tools: Their Tradition, Spirit, …

On the cover of “Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use” there are a couple low sawhorse-gizmos parked beneath my French-style workbench that look like Munchkins from the Lollipop Guild could have used them to build the set for the “Wizar