“WORKING WOOD IN THE 18TH CENTURY” at Colonial Williamsburg

January 5, 2011

For all of you who are serious about period furniture making or are just interested in cool woodworking happenings, here’s a couple of dates you should mark on your calendars.

Coming up on Jan. 12-15 and 16-19, 2011 in Williamsburg, VA Fine Woodworking Magazine and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation are co-sponsoring the 13th Annual “Working Wood in the 18th Century”conference.

The conference brings together Colonial Williamsburg’s skilled professional staff with visiting cabinet makers, woodworking experts and teachers, historic trades artisans, and guest speakers to participate in an informal, interactive program that attracts woodworking enthusiasts and professionals from around the world.

To accommodate demand and allow active involvement by all participants, two identical four-day sessions of “Working Wood in the 18th Century” are being presented Jan. 12-15 and 16-19, 2011 in Williamsburg, VA.

According to Fine Woodworking editor, Asa Christiana, “Fine Woodworking and Colonial Williamsburg are both dedicated to preserving the rich tradition of woodworking in the United States. That’s why the magazine has sponsored this conference from the beginning. And what better place to host it than the world’s finest living history museum.”

The 2011 conference explores the many features of Oriental design which made their way to the Western world and how they exerted a huge impact on Western woodwork. Program presentations are conducted in the Hennage Auditorium of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, beginning with an introduction by Jay Gaynor, Colonial Williamsburg’s director of historic trades.

Demonstrations and presentations by Colonial Williamsburg’s historic trades artisans feature: Master cabinetmaker Mack Headley and journeyman Kaare Loftheim, master carpenter Garland Wood, furniture conservator Christopher Swan, journeyman carpenter and joiner Ted Boscana, and apprentice cabinetmaker Brian Weldy. Presentations by notable visiting experts include: Master cabinet maker Philip C. Lowe, curatorial consultant William R. Sargent, cabinet maker and sculptor Andrew Hunter, and paint analyst Christine Thompson.

It’s a bit of short notice on the dates, but for those of you in the area or who can make it I’m sure you’ll really enjoy it. If you attend, please let me know how it was and share a few stories.

For more information CLICK HERE to visit the conference’s website.

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