SD Woodworker  
John English

I build custom furniture, and turn wood on a fairly large lathe (that's a 22" dia. boxelder platter at right).

I also supply text and photography to woodworking book and magazine publishers in the U.S. and Britain, and publish daily woodworking news on WoodEzine.

Here's an example of a project in Popular Woodworking...

For contractors and homeowners, I can do some special things such as building a couple of cabinet doors to match historic ones, or turning balusters and stair spindles in the right species, or make bentwood (curved) parts, or perhaps build a bugwood dining table with live edges like the one being constructed at right...

Sorry, but I don't do furniture repair.

I love to travel, and here's my favorite quote...
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.
Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.
Mark Twain


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The things that I do...

Hollow forms, bowls, sculptural pieces and architectural elements
Pieces for magazines and private clients
Mostly for publication - good ideas for gift items
Built-ins and freestanding casework
John has built and remodeled houses, garages, decks, barns...
Planes, sharpening, harvesting lumber, turning with carbide tools...
How-to projects, tool reviews and reporting in North America and the U.K.
Copy and content editing, book formatting, page layout
How-to shop photos, beauty shots for covers, studio and assignment
Director of the Black Hills School of Woodworking
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If you're looking for
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click the links at left.
And if you're going to be in the Black Hills around the Fourth of July, check out the Roundup rodeo
Belle Fourche 100th Roundup Rodeo

Here's a very short video tour of the BHSW woodshop...

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