Highlights of 2015

A few highlights of the year, with thanks to clients, students, editors, and friends (as well as to Lee Sandweiss, who suggested this post). Here’s wishing everyone the best in 2016.


From tape trial to finished ensemble: the year began with a mid-century-style built-in for clients in Chicago.

Chalk and tape layout on wall

Delivering tools and cabinetry was a blast, thanks to an icy parking lot and three flights of stairs. But with help from one of my clients, we got the job done.



A pencil-post bed made from quartersawn pin oak grown on my client’s property is beautiful, but it is still being stored, in parts, pending the recipients’ move. No pictures ’til fall 2016.


Bookcase with leaded-glass doors: a project article for Popular Woodworking


Built several months in advance of its publication in the December 2015 issue


A commission for this baker’s cabinet, designed for a 1915 flat in Chicago, turns into a project video for Popular Woodworking.

Build one yourself next April in my class at Marc Adams School of Woodworking.



Fantastical imagery in a set of painted bedroom furniture



Project and technique articles for Woodcraft Magazine grew out of an unexpected call from Tim Snyder, who knew of my work from his time as a senior editor at Fine Homebuilding.

Woodcraft h.q. with Paul, Tim, and Joe

Mark and I visited the Woodcraft headquarters in November en route to a job in Washington DC and spent a fun evening with Paul, Tim, and Joe.


A wall of built-in modernist cabinetry distinguished by proportions, color, and veneers

Katinszky shot by Kendall Reeves


Final with door open

After teaching a week-long class on building a Scandinavian-style wall cabinet (students Bill, Michelle, and Joe were great, and it was a gift to have Jim there in spirit, even if he couldn’t make it in body), I had my first break of the year with a visit from my niece, Wyatt, then started design work for a kitchen on the east coast.

Shop class 2015 and Wyatt's visit plus Elkhart 012.jpg

Someone thought it would be cool to open her mouth when it was full of raw dough

September, October & November

The highlight of fall was designing and building cabinetry for the kitchen of a 1917 row house in Washington DC, which Mark and I delivered and installed just before Thanksgiving.

Main cabinet

Mark patches the wall in preparation for final installation of the salvaged heart pine counter and upper cabinet

Pantry_further progress

Fitting doors for the pantry cabinet based on a neighbor’s extant original

Stay tuned for updated photos of this kitchen in the coming year.


Deco-style bar in curly cherry with ebonized details


Happy clients Rowan and Jenni christen their bar, delivered just before Christmas

Full moon over the Atlantic

Full moon over the Atlantic on Thanksgiving Eve

2 responses to “Highlights of 2015

  1. What a year! I so wish I could have you make some counters/cabinets for our kitchen. The house would be so perfect then. Nice to hear of all your good work!

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