Mark Love Furniture
Custom Furniture Austin, Texas
1430 South Rainbow Ranch Road
Wimberley, Texas 78676
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unfinished : a woodworker's journal

Working wood changes me inside. So I write about it.

August 31, 2018

People are sometimes surprised to see how much a piece of wood can be bent without breaking. To which I always say, Watch what a tree does on a windy day. It has learned the secret of strength. When the heavy winds come — and they always do — it yields its proud stance and stoops to a low curve, for a time. 

And when the heavy winds stop —and they always do — it springs back and lives to stand proud another day.

The willingness to bend — to forgive, to surrender, to be vulnerable, to trust, to act...

August 10, 2018

Image: Bones by Corinne Schulze, used by permission

I sanded all day today. My hands are dry, raw, sensitive. I can feel the texture of these computer keys more than most nights, which makes me wonder if at least some of the dust that’s now covering the floor beneath my workbench was once the calloused skin of my now aching fingers. Sandpaper is relentless. Which is the point, I suppose.

Wood dust fascinates me. Each tool in the shop creates its own unique brand. I will often pause for a beat after usi...

August 4, 2018

Whenever I meet someone for the first time and they find out what I do for a living, invariably the next question they ask is, “What kind of furniture do you make?” I always answer the same way, “Wood furniture.” Then they say, “But what style?” I hoped they wouldn’t ask, because my answer always disappoints.

They want to hear Shaker, or Mission, or Midcentury, or Colonial American, or Modern, or something they’ve heard of. They’ve got stories and opinions about these styles, they’ve got specimens in...

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