Gene Landon next to one of the many great corner cupboards he built.
I first learned of Gene Landon reading Fine Woodworking and the article about him in the May 1996 issue of Traditional Home Magazine. In 1998, I met Gene for the first time in a Pennsylvania German Kas class he was teaching at Olde Mill. I continued to take classes with Gene over a 12 year period. Gene was truely a master cabinetmaker, a mentor and great person who enjoyed sharing and teaching others. About a dozen students studied consistently with Gene for 10 years or more. Many of us former students are starting to do what Gene would want, to share and teach others as he did. He was a great teacher who always encouraged and inspired others. From his period reproduction home, time teaching others, the furniture he made and sold, and the countless restorations, it is amazing all that Gene was able to accomplish in his lifetime. Since his passing last June, Tom Meiller has written a book entitled “Inspiration – Gene Landon and Seven Hearths” as a tribute to the man so many of us were fortunate to know and study with.
This is a great book Tom has assembled. This book is written as a furniture tour of Gene’s home and shop and provides a glimpse of his life, passion and talent. Anyone interested in period furniture, and architecture should have this book in their library. The book is available at www.lulu.com