Graham Blackburn was born and trained in London, England. He built his first house in Woodstock, NY over twenty-five years ago. Since then he has published several novels and more than a dozen books on all aspects of house building, interior carpentry, and basic woodwork, as well as books on traditional woodworking, cabinetmaking, furniture making, hand tools, and design, together with books on philately and sailing.
While running his own custom furniture making shop he also became a regular contributor to leading publications, such as Fine Woodworking Magazine, Popular Woodworking Magazine, and Woodwork Magazine — of which he was also the Editor-in-Chief for a number of years.
In addition to being a prolific writer and illustrator, he has been the subject of several books on crafts and design. He was featured in Maxine Rosenberg’s Artists of Handcrafted Furniture at Work (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1988) and Jane Smiley’s Catskill Crafts: Artisans of the Catskill Mountains (Crown Publishers, 1988) and has made numerous television appearances, including serving as the national spokesperson for Boyle-Midway’s media campaign: Secrets of the Master Craftsmen. He was a featured speaker at the nationwide Woodworking Shows from 2001 to 2011 and a frequent lecturer at Guilds and colleges from coast to coast.