About Bill

Traditional Joiner:

If you’d like to learn more about what it means to be a Traditional Joiner, please check out this post.

Greater Mission:

Provide high quality woodworking services and instruction with an emphasis on craftsmanship. This attention to detail starts with a well planned out design, and continues with carefully chosen high quality materials, executing the project with a mixture of traditional hand work and modern production methods to complete the project in a timely fashion. The result is a well crafted piece that will last for generations.

Services Offered:

* Custom furniture design and execution

* Historic Preservation Carpentry

Bill in the rafters of another new barn.

* Preservation Masonry

* Custom Millwork

* Timber Framing

* Window Sash Repair or Fabrication

* Wood turning

* Carving

* Modern carpentry and general Handyman services

* Personal instruction

* Consulting services

Bio:

I’ve always loved working with my hands. From Lego and Erector sets to computers, cars and houses I love the challenge of building something new or saving something old.

I’ve been around woodworking since I was a child. I grew up helping my Dad and Grandfather (Pop-Pop) around the house on many a project. I learned a great deal from each of them and developed my lifelong love of learning. As I grew up I took on increasingly challenging projects and would seek out new techniques and tools to accomplish my goals.

As an adult I worked to take my skills to another level when I bought my first home. Working from a very tiny one car garage shop I designed and built a custom loft, custom fireplace surround and mantel, and numerous other home improvement projects.  The more I got into woodworking the more I wanted to learn and in my quest I eventually found the North Bennet Street School (NBSS) in Boston and took the 2 week Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking course and from there I was really hooked on traditional woodworking.

Bill installing a custom window.

I went on to graduate from the North Bennet Street School’s 2 year Preservation Carpentry program. I also completed many Cabinet and Furniture Making related workshops at the school. Some of which include: Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking, Inlay and Sand Shading, Letter Carving, Advanced Carving and Carving a Georgian Mantle Shelf, Advanced Turning with the Skew Chisel,  Continuous Arm Windsor Chair, Side Escapement Wood Molding Planes, Advanced Turning, and many others.

Since graduating I’ve been busy working on my own projects, commissioned work, teaching workshops and one on one personal training. It’s been a great experience and I look forward to seeing where it continues to take me as there is always something new to learn.

7 Comments

7 thoughts on “About Bill

  1. Brian Beall

    Bill, I met you today at N. Bennet St School in Arlington talking about the Leigh dovetail jig. What’s the best way to get in touch with you?
    Thanks,
    Brian

  2. Hi Brian,
    It was nice to meet you as well. I will email you from my email account (I don’t post it directly on here since web crawlers seems to pick that sort of thing up and generate spam)

    Take care,
    -Bill

  3. Dear Bill,

    I would like to link to your blog and perhaps use some of your photos (I will credit you) on our side, http://www.lanoueinc.com – as we have an old rusticated house that we would like to restore and the photos here are great examples of rustication. Would this be ok?

    Thank you,

    Marc Lanoue
    David E. Lanoue, Inc.
    Building and Design
    http://www.lanoueinc.com

  4. chris

    Hello Bill, my name is Chris. I was hoping to be able to persuade you into perhaps answering a question or few. I’m planning on attending the preservation carpentry program at nbss.

    I was just wondering if you found it worth it? Are you satisfied career wise, was it worth the expense? Speaking of expense are your surviving well enough for a family? finally if you had any advise, what might it be?

    Thanks so much i’d really appreciate anything you could tell me. Just looking on here your work is amazing, very inspiring.
    Thanks again!

    • Hi Chris,
      Thank you for the message. I am happy to answer your questions in a bit more detail. (I’ll send you a separate email). I’m very happy I attended NBSS and I would definitely do it again.

      Take care,
      -Bill

  5. mainelytools

    Hi Bill
    Sorry I did not get a chance to talk and meet you at the EAIA meeting, great job posting the great Pics and writing about the meeting in the Cape, nice job, thanks..Art

    • Hi Art,
      It’s nice to hear from you and I am glad to hear you like the blog. My wife and I look forward to other upcoming EAIA events.

      I hope that you will keep in touch. (Via the widgets on he right side of my blog you can also sign up to be emailed when I make new posts)

      Take care,
      -Bill

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