Robert Tarule makes reproductions of 17th Century joined furniture. In his book The Artisan of Ipswich, he crafts a story that centers around a chest made by Thomas Dennis in the Massachusetts village of Ipswich in the mid 1600s. Robert narrates Dennis’ use of tools, techniques and styles. In this interview, I talk with Tarule about the connection between making objects and understanding historical processes and contexts. The author also talks about his work at Plimoth Plantation where he was the Curator of Mechanick Arts before he retired.