17th Century Style Shoe Rack


I’m a fan of carved projects be that furniture, boxes, clocks, etc.  I haven’t attempted to try carving the fancy stuff from the 18th century but one of these days soon I will, God willing.  So, I’ve started off with the 17th century which I like very much.


In comparison to the shoe rack I initially made for my wife some years back which is different to the one made for Issue 7 of the magazine, you can see by the side-by-side comparison it’s much larger and heftier. My wife is heavily into fitness training so you can see all her running shoes. Maybe one day soon I will sign up to the gym and hopefully build up some strength again for woodworking.


I guess that isn’t a great photo to show off the sides, but when I make another one I’ll do a better shot. I used 1 1/4″ cut nails to nail the battens. I realised that it would’ve been better aesthetically had I used rose head wrought nails. On the next one I make that’s what I will be using.

wrought nail


Here is another shot of the same side in case it comes up better on your monitors. Every monitor is different so visual appearances are also different. To be somewhat closer to period correctness I should’ve used Red oak. I definitely don’t have red oak in this thickness nor pockets deep enough to afford it. I know Follansbee has access to green logs of red oak and what seems to be he has an endless supply; I don’t. So my choice was limited to pine. Pine worked out fine for this type of carving, but I wouldn’t recommend it for the fancy 18th century style of carving. Let’s just say the wood misbehaves.

I was thinking about putting a dark stain on it, but thought it may ruin it by giving it muddy look.  I will experiment though and just put this theory to test.

For now, I have a new project I was commissioned for which may end up in the upcoming issue of The Lost Scrolls of HANDWORK Magazine. I hope you’ve all enjoyed Issue 7.


Working Hard on Issue VII


I can’t believe we’re already on the seventh Issue. I’ve been at it hard, building, photographing and writing and Matt’s been at it even harder trying to make sense of my words, but it’s all for you guys and gals. It’s the love of the craft, but more importantly it’s our love for sharing knowledge that continues to motivate us. There’s no monetary incentive for either of us, just sheer passion.

The work bench is cluttered with tools and wood that will be the feature project in the upcoming Issue. I called it the Ottoman Shoe Shelf. It’s 15 3/4″ in height and 30’ long. It has raised panels, mortise and tenons, through wedged tenons, scroll work, grooves for the panels etc. It will challenge you.  I have really taken a liking to ancient Arabian furniture and will build more similar items based on that theme in the future. The shoe shelf is not a copy of any historically based shoe shelf, instead it’s my design.

I cannot say for sure when the next issue will be released because of work, but all I can say is I’m working hard and Matt’s working hard to get it done, and when it’s done, we’ll start work on the issue after that.

One last thing, share the magazine with as many websites and people you can.

Cheers from down under.