The Wonderful World of Woodcraft

The wooden dashboard has been around for just about as long as the motorcar. As soon as car makers had gauges to mount, they slapped them into a nice piece of hardwood. Since then, designers and engineers have taken this concept and blasted it into the realm of high-art, creating finishes, textures and mixed-media compounds that delight the senses and seduce those with deep pockets.

The wooden dashboard has been around for just about as long as the motorcar. As soon as car makers had gauges to mount, they slapped them into a nice piece of hardwood. Since then, designers and engineers have taken this concept and blasted it into the realm of high-art, creating finishes, textures and mixed-media compounds that delight the senses and seduce those with deep pockets.

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Peter Bleakney

Peter Bleakney

Peter is a Toronto-based auto writer and member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada. Peter bought his first car when he was 15 — a ferrous 1968 Austin Mini — and learned how to swear while porting the head, installing twin SU carburetors, a header and Thrush muffler.