Full Chisel Blog

July 30, 2011

Spent four wonderful hours…

talking furniture and history with Jonathan Fairbanks, author of the definitive work American Furniture 1620 to Present with Elizabeth Bidwell Bates, 1987.  The Fairbanks family has their reunion at This is The Place Heritage Park [where I use to work] at the family 2 story adobe classic I-house built in 1852 and moved to the park in 1981.

This is the only time every year I get to see him, I wanted to personally thank him for writing the Forward to Shellac, Linseed Oil, & Paint – Traditional 19th Century Woodwork Finishes and to renew our old friendship.  I first met Jonathan in 1976 and we have been good friends since.

I am sure many of the people that were listening to our conversation were bored as it ranged from Mormon furniture to spectral analysis of silver using x-ray spectrography, dendrochronology, faking pottery to pass the x-ray tests and the double isotopes of oxygen found in organic materials.

And perhaps I was the only person there that could understand his recitations in Old English of some classic real early American verses.


p.s.sold all of the books I took with me, picked up a couple of restoration projects and need to look into the structure of the ud.


  1. An oud?

    Comment by kenpollard — July 30, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

  2. I better look into the spelling of the ud.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — July 31, 2011 @ 5:52 am

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