Gothic Cross
"Beauty and Offence"
Bethlehem Cross
White Dove Cross
Maloofian Cross
All right, in between viewings of the Austen movies I have  actually completed some woodworking.
My attention has been focused on several new cross designs.
These crosses are aprox 22"h  x 13.5" w.
Click on each photo for more detailed pictures.
Custom Fine Furniture by Alan Young
114 Woodward Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
734 218-5803
@2008 alan young

I have several other new designs just waiting for the right corner, wall or room. Maybe YOU have the space? Click the tab below to see what I'd like to make next.
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..... or maybe a Writing Desk for Mr. Darcy so that he may attend to all those odious business letters to which falls his lot?
"Mr Darcy and Fine Furniture"
Taking the lead from Mr. Collins,
I solicited webpage design advice from the most respected Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Alas, she was away from her residence at Rosings when I called upon her so I was left with the alternative of forming my own focus group. The results of which are detailed in the column to the right.
   If you wander through other sections of my webpage you should notice a more unified look. This comes after a well selected focus group gave their opinions and rections to some design changes I was contemplating. I have modified the homepage format and have re-worked a template that heads EVERY other page on the site. Wow! I hope I like it and don't get tired of it because I don't want to change it again soon!
Here's what I settled on for the Home page.

From there you'll get a similar but modified heading for every other page on the site. BTW if you were not selected for the focus group but would like to be included the next time I need some feed back, simply e-mail me under the heading of:
          "SLIGHTED for the FOCUS GROUP "
   If you were included in the focus group but wish to remain left alone should I require future feed back simply e-mail me under the heading of: "HASSLED  Focus Group Member "
   My thanks to those in the focus group who responded to the  request for comments. You will receive a complementary 1 year subscription to WOODWARDWOODWORKS NEWS.
   For those who were asked to be in the Focus Group but did NOT respond with comments to the inquiry, you will receive the consolation prize of WOODWARDWOODWORKS NEWS in your inbox for a period of 1 year.
I entered a tool making contest. This is a Beading Tool.
I wanted a hand tool to run beads, grooves and flutes in moldings.
The tool is made from brass with Bubinga or brass handles.


114 Woodward Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
734 218-5803
@2008 alan young

In  other  N E W S
New Work from the Shop
New Designs

A few weeks ago I was reading a friend's woodworking blog. In one entry he made mention of a novel that has a furniture maker in the plot. Thinking about furniture in a novel forced me to admit something:
                            I like Jane Austen stories.
Yup, I admit it. I am a romantic. It started innocently enough when my wife, Eileen, was watching a video and  said “Hey Alan look at that table”. I casually entered the room and looked at the TV and was struck by the elegant period furnishings in the movie she was watching- It turned out to be “Sense and Sensibility” with Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant. So I finished watching the see the “great furniture”….
….The thin facade of a furniture enthusiast claiming to take advantage of the opportunity to see great furniture was now totally crumbling away as my wife laughed at my constant reminding her that  “Sunday night at 9:00 is the next
Jane what’s - her - name show that you want me to see….”
Yeah right…Well ..I’ve seen  all of them now... I think….Emma, Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park,…well all except for Northanger Abbey…I missed that one.... Look at that!  I can even name them all!  What's Next? I guess pretty soon I'll be buying CD's by
John Tesh and Josh Groban.
    I admit then that I watch the Austen  stories for the relational plots…but I do look at the furniture…..realizing all along that I will probably never be cast in the role of Mr.Darcy. However, should that casting coincidence actually occur someday- I am prepared for the Paparazzi onslaught!
Thank you for doing me the honour of
reading this N E W S L E T T E R
Seeing all those Jane Austen films has me desirous of making something that might sit well in at least one modest room... say at Netherfield Park?
Perhaps a settee--- 
to seat visitors such as:
"Mrs. Bennett,
Miss Bennett,MissBennett, and uh......Miss Bennett"
The Good Shepherd Cross
Sometime later "Mansfield Park" turned up at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. I didn't even know it was a Jane Austen story at the time- Hey I didn't really know who Jane Austen was, but I looked at the previews and I knew Eileen would like that movie so I took her to see it.  Then dear wife obtained the new version of “Pride and Prejudice" with Keira Knightly and Donald Sutherland.
Colin Firth is fine in the 1995 BBC production of
"Pride and Prejudice" but I know by careful research
that in the Austen novel, Mr. Darcy was bald.
Well of course I had to take advantage of the chance to see more great furniture -not to mention architecture and lovely English gardens. So I watched that too. --Once or twice, or thrice, fourthice or fifthice--what ever!
Finally, this winter PBS began running all the Austen stories. By this time I had entered the state of complete denial…
The Writing Desk for Mr. Darcy
is Finished
Click HERE