In recent months in the life of my shop there had been an interesting development of the direction, focus, or whatever. It’s the constant referral to the 17th century joinery and chair making. This time I’m embracing it, going whole hog. The forms, the green wood; the disregard of most woodworking rules like moisture content, squareness, or the idea that all surfaces must be smooth. The fact that Windsor chairs are made from wet and dry wood and last throughout the centuries is what excites me, and makes me think that modern woodworking has been scammed by old wives tails.