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Like many of you, I’m a digital guy who mourns the loss of old printed catalogues and magazines that featured long articles that explored topics in depth. That’s why I greeted the new publication of Mortise & Tenon magazine with good cheer. M&T is a one-edition-per-year magazine designed and published by Joshua Klein, a furniture conservator and maker based in Maine. The photography is beautifully done, with lush, large photos that capture the beauty of woodworking by hand.

M&T focuses on preservation, research, and recreation of historic furniture, and is itself decidedly anachronistic. There’s no on-line version of the magazine, and it doesn’t include tool or product reviews or advertisements. All the better to concentrate on a deep appreciation of period furniture and its master makers, conservators and scholars. M&T aims to give its readers a close-up view of the drawer bottoms and undersides, the irregular surface textures and the idiosyncratic charms of the furniture’s joinery and tool marks. As it says, “These are the things that neither Sketch-up plans nor museum visits can give you.” This kind of intimate, deeply knowledgeable approach that really hits a nerve with many of us.

Issue Two has now arrived! 144 pages printed in the USA.

Table of Contents - Issue 2

  • Perfection & Risk: The Making of a Banister-back Chair by: Joshua Klein
  • Quiet Grace: An Interview with Chairmakers David and George Sawyer
  • Examination of an 18th-Century Drop Leaf Table
  • Dividing the Line: Assessing the Eye of Blue-Collar Geometers by: George Walker
  • Decoding the Roman Workbench by: Christopher Schwarz
  • A Furniture Conservation Primer by: Donald C. Williams
  • An Unjustified Mystique: Period Dovetails Up-Close
  • A Case for Cadwalader by: Timothy Garland
  • An Interview with Tool Collector Skip Brack of Liberty Tool Company
  • Fidelity to the Past: An Interview with Zachary Dillinger
  • Everybody Who Knows 'Why' is Dead by: Peter Follansbee
  • Woodworking in Estonia: Book Review by: Michael Updegraff
  
Customer Reviews:

Mr.

By: Ronald Carl Dennis (Jul, 2016)

The most splendid publication in the woodworking market today!
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Unique and Inspiring

By: Eric C. (Apr, 2016)

This isn't Fine Woodworking or Popular Woodworking Magazine, and the forward and mission statement in the beginning make that very clear. It'It's a very welcome break from those other publications. This magazine is far less about how to build, but rather the way in which and why we build. This was given to me as a gift and I probably wouldn't have picked it up otherwise, but I never would have guess how engrossing the subject matter is. I find it's a direct result of the editor's passion for and knowledge of the content, and furthermore what comes across as a desire to learn even more, as is evidenced in the interviews (which I personally love). M&T has inspired me to explore new methods of work (going as power-tool-less as possible), and just as important, to be more forgiving of the work I do and appreciative of the "mistakes" or idiosyncrasies in my hand-made final products. Can't wait for more issues.
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Awesome Magazine

By: Fabiano Sarra (Apr, 2016)

If you are looking for biased tool review, recycled articles on joinery and finishes, and wood oogling advertisements and propaganda then there are plenty of other magazines and blogs out there in the world for you. THIS magazine though...WOW. Truly inspirational and artfully done. I personally love the interviews! They have brought a new perspective to how I think about furniture and have actually sparked a new interest in conservation work. A field that deserves more attention than it receives. I highly recommend this magazine to ANY furniture maker who cares about their craft and the history that makes furniture so exciting and intriguing. I look forward to the next issue!
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Mortise and Tenon Magazine

By: DF (Mar, 2016)

Nice magazine but the interviews need to go. Not really interested in what a conservator does on the weekend or why they got into the industry. please focus on the builders, tools, woods, joints and finishes.
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