“In woodworking and cabinetry, there’s a kind of ongoing problem solving, a geometry of figuring out how the various parts will come together. Similarly, wood turning presents frequent challenges in chucking a piece on the lathe and removing wood without losing the structural integrity of what you’re making. The projects I like doing most are the complicated ones that require some puzzle solving and also let me get lost in the rhythm of woodworking.”
Lars Stole, Eli B. and Harriet B. Williams Professor of Economics, was photographed making a cherrywood bowl at the workshop in his home by Chris Strong. Having learned cabinetry from his father as a child, Stole has made furniture and cabinets, an 18-drawer pantry, a wine cellar, and workbenches. He recently took up wood turning and has made several artistic pieces, such as vases and bowls.—P.H.
Image by Chris Strong