Gabe Dwiggins moved to the mountains of northern Colorado in 2012 after finishing a degree in music from Virginia Commonwealth University.  After building a small beautiful house he set up shop and started pursuing a passion for fine furniture and hand tool woodworking.



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    1. Very simply, I’m using wordpress and their 2015 theme. Keep things clean and simple, and plenty of pictures. Thanks for looking!

      1. Gabe,
        Just saw the article you wrote on building the table loom. Great job. Several years I used to build looms for a living. My wife passed away and I ended up closing the business as I lost interest. I used to build several different kinds of looms from a small table loom to a floor model. I used aluminum for my ratchets and panels. Had a die made and had them sand cast.
        Keep up the good work!!
        Barry Nestle

        1. Thanks Barry! Sand cast aluminum, sounds like fun! I thought that the loom I made would be a one off, but just met a neighbor interested in a larger loom and it has me thinking about how I might accomplish it. Loom are beautiful machines. The diversity of design is fascinating, especially the early automatic looms.

          1. Gabe,
            I used to make looms and spinning wheels on my little shop here in the Houston area. Had a good business shipping them all over the world. I still have the die for the gears of you are interesting. Have a lot of my old drawings too.

  1. Hello Gabe,
    Re: Lambspun, did Shirley mention that she is looking for someone to build spinning wheels for her? She keeps asking me to do so, but my skill set isn’t there yet.

    I live in Foco. I’d like to get together for coffee when you are down here. I’ve taken some classes from Bill Anderson (Woodwright School), but have found it too hot this summer to do much work. And I just got a few more chisels from Stu at ToolsFromJapan today … I need to setup and do the hoop-thing on them.

    Let me know when/if we can get together. I’d be glad to take a class from you. I just ordered DK’s book on Shoji and Kumiko (then discovered your blog).


  2. Hello,

    This is Shuntaro with Duo Creative Communications, a Japanese TV production company located in San Francisco. We are wondering if we could interview you on camera for your TV program which features people who have social skill/knowledge/interest related to Japanese culture. We would like to introduce you as a Japanese cabinetmaker.

    It’s pretty short notice, but would it be possible for us to visit you for interview any day/anytime between 7/16~22?

    I would appreciate it if you could reply me back at duocreative@gmail.com for more details.

    Best regards,

    Shuntaro Ogata
    Duo Creative Communications
    870 Market Street #1224, San Francisco, CA, 94102
    (415) 433-1048

  3. Hello Gabe,
    I have been searching since December for someone to make a new kine for us. Our family does our own mochitsuki every year and the kine my husband inherited is just about dead. We are not sure but it may be 40+ years old.

    We need to get new ones before the end of the year. We would appreciate your advice or assistance.

    Thank you

    1. Sorry to disappoint, but I can’t offer usu for sale. It requires the base, or butt end of a tree, cut very close to the ground where the grain is tight and strong as it turns into roots at the soil line. The usu that I made was in Vermont, where there are several species of tree that work, but in Colorado where I reside I don’t have access to timber like that. In addition most log sections will split down to the heart as they season over many years, requiring banding straps or repair.

      My suggestion to anyone looking for an usu in the united states would be to find the closest lathe turning woodworking group near to you. Lathe workers often have access to suitable timber and there is always one guy with a giant lathe that could make something like this at a reasonable cost and have the experience to season it as gently as possible.

  4. Hello. I purchased a shoji screen (black frame) from a shoji workshop west of Denver (I was living there back then in 2003 or so) and it is a fine piece of art. We have opened a wellness retreat in Maine and the shoji screen is the pivotal design element. I love this sold, beautiful and functional screen. (Will soon post pics to TheWellnessSpot.us.) Anyway. Perhaps you are related to the person who created this piece? I would like to add a shoji screen for more privacy in the treatment area. and another to create a meditation lost. Perhaps you can help.

    1. I think the shoji shop you speak of near Denver might be Harry Otsuki of Denver Shoji, he’s been in business a long time. I don’t know if he ships his work or not, but he also has a web presence so you can ask. There’s definitely shoji craftspeople closer to your part of the country though, Miya Shoji in NYC as well as Mokuchi woodworking in Brooklyn, both do top quality work. Ideally you could find somebody in Maine to make the screens you need out of some fine local cedar, you have such lovely timber in your part of the world!

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