We think it best to get one thing out of the way before continuing this post. We're not crazy about embellished workbenches. But when someone nails it, we put aside our pompous opinions, bow our heads, and retreat in humble deference to clear examples of mastery.
Frank Strazza, of Waco, Texas just sent in these pics of a workbench he just finished, less than two weeks after returning from Handworks 2015 no less, where he spent two days demonstrating his humiliatingly deft skill at turning wood into things that dazzle the eye. Frank not only managed to demo crisp marquetry and joinery, but he also managed to build three inlaid boxes at the show, all while fielding questions and wandering around the rest of the event. We're now convinced that Frank is an alien, or at least has a clone.
So, if you're in the market for a plain bench (our favorite) or an embellished one (our new favorite) contact Frank at his new website strazzafurniture.com Frank has been building our Split Top Roubo design for several years now. But we don't like to brag up our own stuff too much, so we'll let Frank close out this post:
"As I told you at Handworks, the leg vise with the crisscross has revolutionized my view of vises! After using a quick release vise for most of 20 years I find the leg vise quicker, more comfortable and much easier to use. Thank you again for making the best work holding hardware in the world!"
Pics of Frank at his saw and of the box by Bartee Lamar