A long time furnituremaker, educator, and author, Darrell Peart is best known for his Greene and Greene inspired furniture designs and mastery of jigs, fixtures and finishing techniques.
"If you’re limiting yourself to the rules, you’re likely to turn out something kind of sterile. I like to work with my imagination.” Drawing heavily from Charles and Henry Greene’s designs of the early 20th century, Darrell Peart has mastered the art of this particular niche of American Arts and Crafts furniture by making it his own. As Darrell says, “if you really want to emulate Greene and Greene, innovate.”
In this class, Darrell shares his techniques and design files – new and old – to create and add iconic Greene and Greene designs to your pieces.
Many Greene and Greene pieces draw from Asian motifs and early American Arts and Crafts furniture, but it wasn’t just the Greenes that adopted these styles.
Learn how to shape, finish, and install this classic peg design, used all throughout Greene and Greene furniture.
The splines in Greene and Greene furniture weren’t actually functional. But they add character to any table. Create your own using Darrell’s spline jig.
Using a series of router jigs, Darrell adds this Asian-inspired feature in many of his pieces. Learn to cut cloud lifts and soften edges with a specialized hand sanding technique.
This ribbon pull is filled with subtle features. It is machined on three faces using Origin and then shaped using rasps and hand sanding.
Using Shaper Plate and Workstation, Darrell shows how to cut this Tsuba inlay, commonly used as a cable passthrough.
The classic Greene and Greene finish recipe is unfortunately rather toxic. In this final segment, Darrell shares his process to achieve a low VOC version of their recipe.
01 | History of Greene and Greene Furniture
02 | Ebony Pegs
03 | Ebony Splines
04 | Cloud Lifts
05 | Ribbon Pull and Hand Shaping
06 | Tsuba Inlay
07 | Finishing