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2016 Schedule of Classes


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May 21-22: Pennsylvania Spice Box on Frame, Part I, Build your own with Bess Naylor. This outstanding formal Spice Chest on Frame was originally built in the Chester County, Pennsylvania area around the 1750's. With a height of only 26.5", a width of 16" and a depth of about 11.5" , this exquisite example of early Pennsylvania craftsmanship is superb. Spice Boxes immigrated to the Colonies with English settlers, especially the Welsh, and historically retained the most interest in the Southeastern Pennsylvania area, particularly among Quaker families in the Chester County area. These "valuables" boxes were prominently displayed in wealthy homes to house items of value in the Colonial home, spices, coins, jewelry, papers, etc. Many were plain in appearance. Some were decorated, particularly with the owner's initials and/or a special commemorative date. A special few had highly embellished doors with line and berry inlay or elaborate inlay and marquetry. Interiors varied as well from rather simple drawer arrangements to complex designs and cleverly constructed hidden compartments and locking mechanisms. There is rich information in "Paint, Pattern & People: Furniture of Southeastern Pennsylvania 1725-1850, authored by Wendy Cooper and Lisa Minardi, Winterthur Museum, 2011. Very few had a corresponding base or Frame upon which the chest set. Lee Ellen Griffith, in her exceptional book, "The Pennsylvania Spice Box Book", says, "Spice Boxes on Frame: Often made in the form of miniature highboys, these spice boxes represent some of the finest examples of the cabinetmakers' art." (pg 133) One of the few published pictures of this piece is shown in Helen Comstock's "American Furniture", 1962, Viking Press, albeit not the best photograph. This Spice Box on Frame is composed of two separate pieces. The base or Frame has four cabriole legs with pad feet. The beautiful skirt resembles that on a dressing table. There are integral supports to bear the weight of the upper case. The eye-catching upper case is composed of compass and herringbone patterns laid into walnut. Layering those patterns aids in accentuating the appearance of depth. It has an eight-pointed inlaid compass. It also has beautifully and skillfully executed line and berry embellishment. Steve Latta, recognized Master in Line and Berry Techniques and Marquetry Techniques has agreed to teach an adjunct class that specially addresses making the intricate herringbone designs in this piece as well as the herringbone design for another Line and Berry piece, a desk, planned for a future class project. This class is composed of three parts, all required attendence and an optional fourth class with Steve noted elsewhere that focuses specifically on making the herringbone inlay construction. 9am-5pm-ish. Students provide their own tools and materials (from a provided cut list). Cost is $350.00 per part. Photographs are provided courtesy of Winterthur Museum. "Courtesy, Winterthur Museum, Spice chst, 1720-1765, Walnut, Tulip poplar, Brass, Chester County, PA, Bequest of Henry Francis DuPont, 1960.737"

June 4: Olde Mill is very pleased to have the Chesapeake Chapter of SAFPM visit for the day. Mark Maleski, Chapter President adds the following. The Spring 2016 SAPFM Chesapeake Chapter meeting will be held on 4 June 2016 at Olde Mill Cabinet Shoppe in York, PA. The chapter meeting is open to all SAPFM members as well as first-time guests. Bess Naylor provided an idyllic setting for us last spring, and we'll return to her shop for another content-rich meeting shortly before summer vacation season begins. The agenda is as follows: - Short intro session to discuss chapter objectives and plans - Member Spotlight: Chapter member Brian Cunfer will give a presentation on reproduction of Windsor chairs. Brian initially trained in Windsor chairmaking at the John C. Campbell Folk School and has studied under Curtis Buchanan. He regularly teaches chairmaking 1-on-1 in his shop. Check out his website at www.pachairmaker.com. - Member Show & Tell: Finish up any in-process projects and plan to bring them in. It need not be a completed project - we're also interested in jigs you've created to solve a difficult problem, or any methods you've devised - Featured presenter: Chris Storb will share his insights into original 18th century carvings, informed by his access to the 18th century masterpieces, and discuss how he develops period-accurate reproductions. He will also discuss some of the pitfalls to be avoided that don't accurately represent period carving. Through his role as the Dietrich American Foundation Conservator at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Chris has studied and copied the carvings of 18th century Philadelphia carvers. Through his conservation work at PMA, he has duplicated, repaired, or created from scratch quite a few of the carvings you see in the galleries. He has authored articles on conservation (Antiques & Fine Art) and carving (Popular Woodworking). He also has a fantastic blog on period furniture and conservation: www.cstorb.wordpress.com. We're not ready to start tracking planned attendance just yet, but will post registration instructions to the SAPFM forum in mid/late April. Please watch the Chesapeake Chapter's page at http://www.sapfm.org/forum/index.php?board=68.0 for registration instructions.


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June 25-26: Affleck Philadelphia Chest on Chest, Part I, with Bess Naylor. Long awatied for opportunity!! Here is your chance to build your own copy of one of America's true Furniture Masterpieces!! Build the Affleck Philadelphia Chest on Chest. Morrison Heckscher, author of "American Furniture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, II" , MMA, 1985, says, " On this piece, a supreme manifestation of Philadelphia Chippendale case furniture, the continuous cornice beneath the pediment, the veneered drawer fronts with beaded edges, and the neoclassic design of the brasses connote a date in the seventeen-seventies or later. " pg 226. There are several pieces that appear to be strongly related, with some variances in each. Heckscher continues, " The authorship of this group of exceptional case pieces has yet to be determined. Likely possibilities, however, are Thomas Affleck the cabinetmaker and James Reynolds, the carver." Albert Sack in "The New Fine Points of Furniture", Crown, 1993, says this Masterpiece Chippendale Scroll top Chest-on-Chest is "a magnificent creation… The narrow proportion offers a verticality rare in Philadelphia case pieces." Pg 119. I find William Macpherson Hornor, Jr.'s introduction to his chapter discussing Philadelphia Chippendale -Case Pieces, an excellent read so very appropriate, "Luxury begins where utility ends" Hornor's Blue Book Philadelphia Furniture, Highland House, 1988. The three part chest is mahogany as the primary wood and secondary pine or red gum, poplar and white cedar. Approx dimensions are overall Ht ~98", width of lower case ~48" and a depth of ~ 24". Obviously, modifications can be proportionately altered to accommodate a modern house as needed or desired. The top is composed of a freize, cornice and scrolled pediment. The Basket of Flowers cartouche is discussed more fully in the class with Chris Storb from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Other chests have different cartouche or Phoenix carvings. The other two sections are composed with typical Philadelphia cabinetmaking techniques, such as full dust boards, dovetailed joinery, moldings, fluted quarter columns and ogee bracket feet. The drawers can alternately be veneered or in the solid with cockbeaded edges or thumbnail profiled edges. It has surely been a privilege to study this piece up close to understand the details of construction. My gratitude to Chris and the Philadelphia Museum of Art in allowing this study. The original is owned by the PMA and is on display at Mount Pleasant. I strongly encourage a visit to see this magnificent Masterpiece of American craftsmanship in its natural setting in a period home - a truly awe-inspiring setting of its own. This year is designed to have three construction based classes, using period techniques appropriate to Philadelphia to build the Lower case. Chris will teach a separate class on Carving the Basket of FlowerS and this year will be Part II. If any of you missed Part I held last year and you want to catch up -that can certainly be arranged. My plan is to build the upper case next year, presented probably in one class as it is basically a repeat of the lower case, then an additional two classes to build the top third section. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. This is an exceptional opportunity to build one of the finest case pieces ever made in the height of American Philadelphia cabinetmaking! I hope you want to make this unique journey with me and Chris. So this project presents three parts this year and two to three parts next year with Bess. This year also presents one session with Chris focusing on the cartouche. Next year will also have an additional class scheduled with Chris focusing oin the carving on the pediment. This is a complex piece and has a lot going on. To get it correct requires attention to several sequential aspects of construction,hence more time in instruction. What a piece!! Part I $350.00 9am-5pm-ish. Students responsible for their own tools and materials.


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July 23-24: Pennsylvania Spice Box on Frame, Part II, with Bess Naylor. See details above. 9am-5pm ish. Cost $350.00 Students responsible for their own tools and materials. Photographs are provided courtesy of Winterthur Museum. "Courtesy, Winterthur Museum, Spice chst, 1720-1765, Walnut, Tulip poplar, Brass, Chester County, PA, Bequest of Henry Francis DuPont, 1960.737"

Herringbone Inlay
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August 27-28: Making Herringbone Inlays with Steve Latta. This class will focus on making the herringbone inlay specific to two differnt Chester County pieces of furniture. One is the Spice Box on Frame presented this year and asecond that is a different herringbone pattern for another Chester County desk,an anticipated future project. Steve always delivers a great class so don't miss this opportunity to learn this technique from him. 9am to 5pm. Cost is $350.00. May be additional materials cost. Photographs are provided courtesy of Winterthur Museum. "Courtesy, Winterthur Museum, Spice chst, 1720-1765, Walnut, Tulip poplar, Brass, Chester County, PA, Bequest of Henry Francis DuPont, 1960.737"


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September 17-18: Build the affleck Philadelphia Chest on Chest, Part II, with Bess Naylor. See above for details. Part II $350.00. 9am-5pm ish.


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October 8-11: Build a Moving Fillister Plane with Tod Herrli. In this 4 day class Tod will instruct students on how to build their own moving fillister plane. This plane is one of the most useful planes on your bench, used to cut rebates around the edge of boards for joinery. The fillister contains a wide skewed blade, brass depth stop, wedged nicker and the moving fence. The plane will be laid out on a solid block of wood, the mouth hand sawn and excavated. The mortise will be cut with chisels and floats. A cast brass depth stop and wood fence with brass pads will be applied to the body. The nicker will be mortised into the body and held with a wedge. The skewed blade will be pre-cut with the skew angle, rough ground, heat treated then polished to a razor edge. Tod recommends students prepare for class and be familiar with his instructional dvd classic plane making to help with the cutting the mouth and mortise of this plane. The dvd can be purchased from Tod for $25.00 plus shipping. Contact Tod at todherrli@earthlink.net    Material fee $ 100.00. Class fee $ 700.00


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October 15-16: Carve a Basket of Flowers Cartouche, Part II, with Master Carver Chris Storb. Chris is the Dietrich American Foundation Project Conservator, working out of the PMA. This rare cartouche is unfolded and laid out in detail as to how it was carved in the 18th century Philsdelphia manner. It is complicated and carved in sequential sections, but much easier to perform and understand when shown in sections as opposed to the whole. Students repsonsible for thier own tools and materials, 9am-5pm. Cost is $450.00. If you want to build this magnificent piece but missed last year's first class with Chris, talk to me and we will try to arrange a catch-up opportunity. Great pictures can be viewed online at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (philamuseum.org) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (metmuseum.org). Both of these are great museums and well worth the time to visit!


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November 12-13: Spice Box on Frame, Part III, with Bess Naylor. See above for details. 9am-5pm ish. Cost is $350.00. Photographs are provided courtesy of Winterthur Museum. "Courtesy, Winterthur Museum, Spice chst, 1720-1765, Walnut, Tulip poplar, Brass, Chester County, PA, Bequest of Henry Francis DuPont, 1960.737"


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December 10-11: Build the Affleck Philadelphia Chest on Chest, Part III, with Bess Naylor. See above for details. 9am-5pm ish. Cost is $350.00. Students provide their own tools and materials.

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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