Graham Blackburn

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  • Bearsville, NY

Graham Blackburn was born and educated in London, England, where he was apprenticed under the noted Hampstead cabinetmaker, Hugh Harris. He lived for several years in various European cities before moving to New York City to continue his studies at the Juilliard School. While subsequently pursuing a career as a professional musician, recording and playing flute and saxophone with various groups, including Van Morrison, Razmataz, and Full Tilt Boogie, he built his first house in Woodstock, NY. His first book, Illustrated Housebuilding, was published in 1974. Since then, in addition to operating his own custom-design furnituremaking shops in New York and California, and lecturing and teaching extensively from coast to coast, he has written and illustrated numerous other books on building, woodworking, and sailing. He has also served as Contributing Editor to Fine Woodworking (1985–1999), and Popular Woodworking (1987–1996), and as Editor-in-Chief of Woodwork Magazine (1991–1994). He was also the publisher of the interactive videoMagazine: Woodworking . . . in action! ! ! before its purchase in 2012 by F & W Media, Inc. Besides his furnituremaking, teaching, writing, and illustrating commitments, Graham Blackburn has also made numerous television appearances. He was the national spokesperson for the Boyle- Midway media campaign: Secrets of the Master Craftsmen, and for more than ten years was a featured speaker and presenter at the National Woodworking Shows. In addition to producing a series of instructional videos for The Taunton Press, Graham Blackburn has also been the subject of several books on crafts and design. He was featured in Maxine Rosenberg’sArtists of Handcrafted Furniture at Work (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard); and Jane Smiley’s Catskill Crafts: Artisans of the Catskill Mountains (Crown Publishers). He currently divides his time between California and Bearsville, NY, from where he runs Blackburn Books — www.blackburnbooks.com — which focuses on a continuing series of novels in addition to numerous non-fiction books.