CREATING MODERN FURNITURE TRENDS, TECHNIQUES, APPRECIATION If you're searching for an exciting new creative outlet or for a beautiful inflation-beating way to decorate your home, look no further. Creating Modern Furniture is a splendid volume on every aspect of modern furniture making, revealing how some of today's most gifted artists have made it into a superb art form as functional sculpture. Beginning with a fascinating history of furniture, Dona Z. Meilach traces its development from the ancient civilization of Egypt, Greece, and Rome to the present day. She then shows and explains everything a budding furniture maker needs to know about basic tools, the different types of wood, and how to select them. She presents vital tips on doweling, gluing, wood welding, veneering, and wood finishing. The author demonstrates how functional and impressive pieces can be fashioned from a log on board, from prelaminated pieces of wood, and from simple laminates. In addition to wooden furniture, you can create elegant home furnishings from leather, fur, fibers, foams, vinyls, papier mache - even stoneware. In a fascinating chapter on furniture made from plastics, the author explains how to work with acrylics, polyester resins, epoxies, and fiberglass. The clear instructions and step-by-step photographs make every approach easy to understand. Once the basics have been mastered, there is no limit to the elegant furnishings you can make: laminated and doweled plywood rocking chairs, sophisticated armoires, exquisite standing mirrors, fantasy lamps, stunning tables, handsome desks, one-of-a-kind headboards, and much more in infinite variety. Creating Modern Furniture will inspire anyone with an interest in magnificent furniture to have fun and save money by making his own.