Custom Woodworking - designing and building wood furniture
About Kairos Works
In the mid 1970's, I started building furniture with my initial project, bunkbeds for my sons. Having very little for equipment, I purchased high quality, furniture graded pine from Knox Lumber in St. Paul, MN. I had a friend cut the material to the correct length, and I assembled using glue, and very long slotted flat head screws with finishing washers. After staining and varnishing, my sons used these beds to great enjoyment. Ten years after the youngest son left home, I sold the beds!
After that early start, I spent the next few years refinishing old furniture and finishing furniture that we bought unfinished. I lacked most tools and certainly the skills to build anything of moderate complexity. In the 1980's, I began acquiring power tools such as a drill, circular saw, radial arm saw, table saw, router, sanders, and drill press. To learn how to use this equipment, I subscribed to Woodsmith®.
From this magazine and others such as Fine Woodworking®, I learned how to make and design several pieces of furniture that you can see on the following pages. I have added more power tools plus a good collection of hand tools to give me more options for building furniture.
About 1990, I had made a regulator clock as a gift to my in-laws. In 2002, I started making mantle clocks with hope of selling these through various outlets. I needed a name for this effort, and after discussing this with Tanya, an ordained Lutheran pastor, I decided to use Kairos Works as the name.
From the following from Wikipedia, you can see why we selected this name for my clockmaking enterprise! In the New Testament kairos means "the appointed time in the purpose of God", the time when God acts (e.g. Mark 1.15, the kairos is fulfilled). Kairos (used approximately 81 times in the NT) seems to be an indeterminate time, a "moment" or a "season," whereas another Greek term chronos (used 54 times) refers to a specific amount of time, such as a day or an hour (Acts 13.18, 27.9, etc.).
Kairos (καιρός) is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment (the supreme moment). The ancient Greeks had two words for time, chronos and kairos. While the former refers to chronological or sequential time, the latter signifies a time lapse, a moment of indeterminate time in which everything happens. What is happening when referring to kairos depends on who is using the word. While chronos is quantitative, kairos has a qualitative, permanent nature.