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Mortise & Tenon Magazine

According to its defining statement, Mortise & Tenon is a new annual print magazine celebrating the preservation, research, and recreation of historic furniture.

We believe you will find it to be quite different from any other woodworking tome ever published. Far more like a book than the term "magazine" would typically imply, Mortise & Tenon is the brainchild of professional furniture conservator Joshua Klein, who lives and works in mid-coast Maine. Joshua's meticulous devotion to detail honed over the years while restoring valuable antique furniture is reflected in the exceptional quality evident in the design and content of his new publishing venture.

One new issue is expected to be published near the beginning of each new year, so the notion of an "annual subscription" in this case would simply be the purchase of the current year's issue.

For the inaugural issue, Joshua sat down with the premier minds in their respective fields for personal and illuminating conversations. The interviews dig deep into their perspectives and daily work. There are also several craft practice essays, an intimate and personal tour through an unparalleled collection, a detailed account of a faithful historic reproduction, and an in-depth analysis of an incredible example of pre-industrial craftsmanship.

Issue Three

Issue Three of Mortise & Tenon Magazine is currently in stock and available to order. See the table of contents below to get a flavor of the content.

  • "The Spring Pole Lathe: Design, Construction, and Use" by Joshua Klein
  • "On the Trail of Two Cabinetmakers: Reconstructing the Careers of Samuel Wing and Tilly Mead" by: Shelley Cathcart & Amy Griffin
  • "Essential Human Work: Reimagining a Legendary School on the Coast of Maine" - Interview with Drew Langsner & Kenneth Kortemeier
  • "Modern Revivalist Toolmaking: What Yesterday’s Tools Can Teach Us Today" by Brendan Bernhardt Gaffney
  • Examination of Two Period High Chairs
  • "The Best of Both Worlds: Embracing the Art in Craft" by Danielle Rose Byrd
  • "Patterns in Shop Practice" by Garrett Hack
  • "Making a Stand: Form & Function for $1.50" by Michael Updegraff
  • "Through a Wilderness of Ornament: Making Sense of 18th-century Pattern Books" by Bill Pavlak
  • "On Perfection: Both Practical and Practiced" by Jim McConnell
  • "Resurrecting the Derelict: Hard Choices in the Conservation of a Chest" by Joshua Klein
  • Book Review by Vic Tesolin: "A Field Guide to Identifying Woods in American Antiques & Collectibles" by R. Bruce Hoadley

Read Norm Reid's Book Review of Mortise and Tenon Magazine, Issue 3.

Issue Two

Issue Two of Mortise & Tenon Magazine is currently in stock and available to order. See the table of contents below to get a flavor of the content.

  • "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"
  • "Everyone Who Knows 'Why' is Dead" by: Peter Follansbee
  • "Woodworking in Estonia: Book Review" by: Michael Updegraff

Read Norm Reid's Book Review of Mortise and Tenon Magazine, Issue 2.

Issue One

Issue One of Mortise & Tenon Magazine is currently in stock and available to order. See the table of contents below to get a flavor of the content.

  • "The Mortise & Tenon Magazine Manifesto"
  • "Imbued With Story: An Interview with Furniture Conservator Jon Brandon"
  • "A Discussion on Period Craftsmanship with Phil Lowe"
  • "Rural Refinement: Recreating the Parson’s Card Table" by: Joshua Klein
  • "Analysis and Details of a Federal Era Boston Secretary"
  • "The Objects Reveal Themselves: A Conversation with Curator Gerald Ward"
  • "Ex Nihilo: The Genesis of Classical Proportion" by: George Walker
  • "Adorned with Feathers: A Carving Tutorial" by: Al Breed
  • "The Dominy Shop: New Discoveries"
  • "Striking a Balance by: Freddy Roman"
  • "Distinguishing the Marks of an Artisan" by: Martin O’Brien
  • "Before Our Very Eyes: A Visit to the Yale Furniture Study"
  • "Workbenches: From Design and Theory to Construction and Use, Revised Edition Book Review" by: Zachary Dillinger

Read Norm Reid's Book Review of Mortise and Tenon Magazine, Issue 1.

More about the publication

As Joshua describes it, Mortise & Tenon magazine seeks to bridge the worlds of furniture maker, conservator, and scholar. It is not just another typical woodworking magazine. There are no "7 Essential Router Tricks", weekend DIY pocket screw projects, or ad cluttered pages. Mortise & Tenon exists to showcase premier furniture artisans and scholars in an elegant and artful manner. The magazine is printed on uncoated 70# matte paper with a minimalist photography-saturated aesthetic.

Mortise & Tenon curates stories and information you will find nowhere else

  1. Interviews with makers, conservators, and scholars
  2. Essays on historic craft practice
  3. Previews of upcoming research
  4. Reviews of relevant books

The passion to marry scholarship with craft practice imbues the publication with a unique voice in the world of woodworking media.

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The Mortise & Tenon Manifesto
  1. Mortise & Tenon is neither elitist nor pedestrian. We believe that featuring both high style masterpieces as well as simple vernacular furniture accurately represents the work of the pre-industrial cabinet/chair maker.
  2. Mortise & Tenon celebrates pre-industrial methods. We believe that authentic reproductions are best created with authentic tools and methodology. While powered mechanization is more economical for quantity production, we believe working wood "by hand" is both efficient and viable when building single objects. Because the vast majority of furniture makers are not direct competition with factories, we believe there is much for us to learn from pre-industrial methods.
  3. Mortise & Tenon is dedicated to hands-on research. We believe working with authentic methods is the best way to do historical research because it allows the maker to stand in the shoes of the original artisan. Insights are gained through this "shop based research" more readily than by ordinary examination because the natural constraints of working by hand allow the maker to discern the logic behind original construction choices.
  4. Mortise & Tenon honors original construction. We believe reproducing original characteristics such as coarseness of secondary components, irregularity of dimensions, and occasional expeditious joining/fastening methods is appropriate and honoring to original artistic achievement.
  5. Mortise & Tenon honors cultural heritage. We believe that patina makes an object more beautiful. We agree with David Pye that "the effects of age and wear are powerful diversifying agents". And because historic artifacts are representations of the life and values of our ancestors, patina is cherished as a document of the past just as much as the piece’s original construction.
  6. Mortise & Tenon serves as a bridge between disciplines. We believe that period furniture makers, conservators, and scholars all have a unique and important contribution toward researching and preserving our furniture heritage. We want Mortise & Tenon to be a place for those disciplines to meet and collaborate.
  7. Mortise & Tenon is a celebration of historic furniture. We believe that reveling in historic workmanship is an important way to honor the past. Although there is an astonishing variety of wood craftsmanship produced today, our passion remains singular: Without apology we celebrate the wisdom, skill, and ingenuity of our woodworking forefathers.

Notice to residents of California: Please read our Proposition 65 warning.

Author: Joshua Klein

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