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April Date TBD: Philadelphia Square Tea Table, Part V, with Bess Naylor. Additional time for carving on this beautiful highly carved project from last year. Sat and Sun 9am.

May 30: Olde Mill is very pleased to have the Chesapeake Chapter of SAFPM visit for the day. From Mark Maleski: The Spring 2015 Chesapeake SAPFM Regional Chapter meeting has been in development over the past couple of months, and we now have the major chunks of the agenda finalized. The meeting will be held on 30 May, 2015 at a new and different location -- Olde Mill Cabinet Shoppe. We will have two featured speakers in this meeting, so we plan to begin earlier in the day then we have in the past. We will begin promptly at 9 am (with sign in, coffee/ doughnuts, and socializing beginning at 8 am) and conclude at 4 pm. We likely will need all seven hours to cover our usual business and both guest speakers. Our first speaker is Bess Naylor, owner of Olde Mill Cabinet Shoppe, a period furniture school, workshop, and woodworking supplies business. Bess will provide an overview of Olde Mill Cabinet Shoppe and present a sampling of the 18th century reproduction techniques that she teaches through the school (details of her presentation are being finalized; Bess has many teaching topics to choose from). Our second speaker will be Wilbur Pan, from central New Jersey. Wilbur will give us a presentation on Japanese-style tools and their application to western soft and hardwoods. He will provide his insights regarding the differences in approach between 'far eastern' and 'western' hemisphere furniture styles and the tools used.Pre- registration will be required. We will send out another notice prior to the meeting with additional details on the day?s agenda and to request your RSVP. As you might expect, a working cabinet shop does not keep stacks of meeting chairs for visitors, so please bring at least one chair with you. Given the strong attendance at recent Chapter meetings, we are hoping we do not have a shortage of space, so an early head-count would be very helpful -- if you do expect to attend when you receive this notice, please let us know. As noted above, a final count will also be sought before the meeting, and you can either confirm or beg off at that time. The day's agenda will include time for socializing, as well as short topic discussions, along with lunch and refreshments. We likely will also have our regular member Show & Tell, and the Tool Exchange, so bring any completed or work-in-process projects, tools or jigs that would be of interest to your fellow and lady woodworkers, or unused woodworking items that you would like to sell. Show & Tell will only work if members are willing to show off their work, so please consider bringing something to share with the rest of the group.

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June 13-14: Build an Oval Tavern Table from the Portsmouth, New Hampshire area, circa 1735, Part I, with Bess J. Naylor. "American Furniture in the MMA" author, Frances Gruber Safford says, "This arresting table, which features legs that are splayed in four directions, a scalloped skirt, and carved Spanish feet, is an elaboration on the basic form of oval table with fixed top that became popular in the early eighteenth century... It's dynamic composition sets the oval of the top against the rectangle formed by the stretchers and these horizontals against the smart rake of the legs, which is extended outward by the sweep of the feet and inward by the arches of the frame rails. The table we will do will have a slightly different scalloped rail pattern, but still be original. This challenging table is a gem to build. Two part class project. Leg turnings can be purchased separately from a local turner if you do not have the capability to turn these legs yourself. Sat/Sun 9am to 5ish. Students provide their own tools and materials. $350.00 per part. Photo is from the publication "American Furniture at the MMA", by Frances Gruber Safford, published by Yale Univerisity Press, pg 139.


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July 25-26: Build a Chester County, Pennsylvania Line and Berry Decorated Chest, Part I, with Bess J. Naylor. c 1715-1750. H 49" x W 41.5/8" x D 22.1/4". This outstanding Walnut Chest boasts eight drawers, the top three are arched, the next row down is double drawers and then single drawers in graduated size. These are side-hung drawers. There is a ogee molded top and base. Feet are retangular, providing support all the way to the floor. Alternately, bun feet may be exchanged. Molded reeding is used on the case front and on the drawer surrounds. Tod Herrli has made molding planes for us copying this profile and are available for purchase if desired. Spring locks (Quaker locks) throughout. The raised panel sides are Rail and Stile construction. The inlay is holly tulips, berry clusters and diamonds. This is an outstsanding early Pennsylvania chest and Olde Mill is very pleased to offer it as a project this year. There are 4 class parts, including inlay layout and execution. The original chest is on display in the exceptional Winterthur Museum. Go see the original! Sat and Sun 9am to 5ish. Students provide their own tools and material. $ 350.00 per class. Photo is from the publication "Arts and Crafts of Cheste County, Pennsylvania", by Margaret Schiffer, published by Schiffer Publishing, page 73. The original chest is on display at Winterthur Museum - well worth a visit!


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August 22-23: Build a Chester County, Pennsylvania Line and Berry Decorated Chest, Part II, with Bess Naylor. c 1715-1750. H 49" x W 41.5/8" x D 22.1/4". This outstanding Walnut Chest boasts eight drawers, the top three are arched, the next row down is double drawers and then single drawers in graduated size. These are side-hung drawers. There is a ogee molded top and base. Feet are retangular, providing support all the way to the floor. Alternately, bun feet may be exchanged. Molded reeding is used on the case front and on the drawer surrounds. Tod Herrli has made molding planes for us copying this profile and are available for purchase if desired. Spring locks (Quaker locks) throughout. The raised panel sides are Rail and Stile construction. The inlay is holly tulips, berry clusters and diamonds. This is an outstsanding early Pennsylvania chest and Olde Mill is very pleased to offer it as a project this year. There are 4 class parts, including inlay layout and execution. The original chest is on display in the exceptional Winterthur Museum. Go see the original! Sat and Sun 9am to 5ish. Students provide their own tools and material. $ 350.00 per class. Photo is from the publication "Arts and Crafts of Cheste County, Pennsylvania", by Margaret Schiffer, published by Schiffer Publishing, page 73. The original chest is on display at Winterthur Museum - well worth a visit!

September 19-20: Shellac Finishing and Colorant Use, aka, How to Make Shellac Behave and Achieve the Results You Want in a Great Finish, with Bess J. Naylor. Explore the many uses of shellac and how to improve your control -and therefore results - of this marvelous natural material so useful to us. We will also discuss and use a variety of colorants to increase your confidence in laying down your own fine finish. Also some discussion of Period Finishes and colorants. Bring lots of questions and proverbial problem children (in wood. Bring a variety of sample pieces of prepped wood for your experimentation. Sat/Sun 9am to 5ish. $350.00.

Tavern Table
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September 26-27: Build an Oval Tavern Table from the Portsmouth, New Hampshire area, circa 1735, Part II, with Bess J. Naylor. "American Furniture in the MMA" author, Frances Gruber Safford says, "This arresting table, which features legs that are splayed in four directions, a scalloped skirt, and carved Spanish feet, is an elaboration on the basic form of oval table with fixed top that became popular in the early eighteenth century... It's dynamic composition sets the oval of the top against the rectangle formed by the stretchers and these horizontals against the smart rake of the legs, which is extended outward by the sweep of the feet and inward by the arches of the frame rails. The table we will do will have a slightly different scalloped rail pattern, but still be original. This challenging table is a gem to build. Two part class project. Leg turnings can be purchased separately from a local turner if you do not have the capability to turn these legs yourself. Sat/Sun 9am to 5ish. Students provide their own tools and materials. $350.00 per part. Photo is from the publication "American Furniture at the MMA", by Frances Gruber Safford, published by Yale Univerisity Press, pg 139.


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October 24-25: Build a Chester County, Pennsylvania Line and Berry Decorated Chest, Part III with Bess Naylor. c 1715-1750. H 49" x W 41.5/8" x D 22.1/4". This outstanding Walnut Chest boasts eight drawers, the top three are arched, the next row down is double drawers and then single drawers in graduated size. These are side-hung drawers. There is a ogee molded top and base. Feet are retangular, providing support all the way to the floor. Alternately, bun feet may be exchanged. Molded reeding is used on the case front and on the drawer surrounds. Tod Herrli has made molding planes for us copying this profile and are available for purchase if desired. Spring locks (Quaker locks) throughout. The raised panel sides are Rail and Stile construction. The inlay is holly tulips, berry clusters and diamonds. This is an outstsanding early Pennsylvania chest and Olde Mill is very pleased to offer it as a project this year. There are 4 class parts, including inlay layout and execution. The original chest is on display in the exceptional Winterthur Museum. Go see the original! Sat and Sun 9am to 5ish. Students provide their own tools and material. $ 350.00 per class. Photo is from the publication "Arts and Crafts of Cheste County, Pennsylvania", by Margaret Schiffer, published by Schiffer Publishing, page 73. The original chest is on display at Winterthur Museum - well worth a visit!


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November 14-15: Carve a Philadelphia Basket of Flowers Cartouche, Part I, with Master Chris Storb. This very exciting opportunity has been a long time coming! Chris, carver extrodanaire that he is, is willing to teach a series of classes on carving the rare Cartouche of a Basket of Flowers. Part I will be held this year and Part II will be held next year as this is somewhat complicated and certainly sequential carving project. The really exciting part is, though, that this is not designed to just be a stand-alone carving project. Next year we plan to offer a series of classes to build the superb Affleck Chest on Chest. There are three extant examples to study, all on the East Coast. So this class is really the beginning of a series of classes to enable you to construct your own copy of this Masterpiece of American Craftsmanship. Students provide their own tools and material. Both days 9am -5pm. $450.00. Pictures can be viewed online at the sites for the Philadelphia Museum of Art (philamuseum.org) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (metmuseum.org. Both of these institutions have outstanding collections and are well worth several visits!


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December 12-13: Build a Chester County, Pennsylvania Line and Berry Decorated Chest, Part IV, with Bess J. Naylor. c 1715-1750. H 49" x W 41.5/8" x D 22.1/4". This outstanding Walnut Chest boasts eight drawers, the top three are arched, the next row down is double drawers and then single drawers in graduated size. These are side-hung drawers. There is a ogee molded top and base. Feet are retangular, providing support all the way to the floor. Alternately, bun feet may be exchanged. Molded reeding is used on the case front and on the drawer surrounds. Tod Herrli has made molding planes for us copying this profile and are available for purchase if desired. Spring locks (Quaker locks) throughout. The raised panel sides are Rail and Stile construction. The inlay is holly tulips, berry clusters and diamonds. This is an outstsanding early Pennsylvania chest and Olde Mill is very pleased to offer it as a project this year. There are 4 class parts, including inlay layout and execution. The original chest is on display in the exceptional Winterthur Museum. Go see the original! Sat and Sun 9am to 5ish. Students provide their own tools and material. $ 350.00 per class. Photo is from the publication "Arts and Crafts of Cheste County, Pennsylvania", by Margaret Schiffer, published by Schiffer Publishing, page 73. The original chest is on display at Winterthur Museum - well worth a visit!

Date to be Determined: One more class will be scheduled, to be determined, An inlay techniques class with Steve Latta. You can be assured that it will be a great class with Steve as he always brings his A game and new tricks and insights. Stay tuned!

Seminar Registration, Please read carefully!

Seminar Policy:
Thank you for your interest in attending a woodworking seminar with us at Olde Mill. It should be an exciting and rewarding learning experience. The following is Olde Mill's Seminar Attendance Policy. In order to register for a class, you must pay a minimum deposit of $75.00 per person,per session. Full payment is due 4 weeks in advance of the class.There will be no exceptions. Your full payment will ensure that a space will be held for you in the class. Please comply with our policy or you may lose your spot in the class.

Single Session Seminars:
In the event that you cancel attendance to a single session seminar, you will be refunded ONLY if we are contacted in writing a minimum of four weeks prior to the course. This may be done by written US Mail or an email to Bess's email address that is confirmed back to you by email. If you do not provide us with proper notification, you will not be refunded your money. Our cancellation of a class will result in a complete refund. If you cancel attendence to a class for any reason, without following the above-stated policy, you are still expected to make full payment.

Multi-Session Seminars:
Due to the nature of on-going instruction with a more complex piece, we cannot fill a vacant bench space after a project has been started. If you cancel out of a class 60 days prior to the first session, then we will refund monies paid minus a $75.00 cancellation fee. If you cancel out of a class after the first session has been held, full payment is expected for all remaining classes of that project. Our cancellation of a class will result in a complete refund.

Strict adherence to this policy will be enforced for the mutual benefit of all involved. If you have any questions about this policy, please do not hesitate to call us. We greatly appreciate your cooperation.

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