The Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking (Manchester, CT) is hosting the SAPFM (Society of American Period Furniture Makers) New England Chapter meeting on Saturday, February 27 at 9:30 am. The presenters for this meeting include Robert Mussey, Nickolas Kotula and Will Neptune.
Robert Mussey, author of The Furniture Masterworks of John & Thomas Seymour, will give a presentation on the Seymours of Boston, concentrating on their unique styles, ornamentation and methods of joinery. Robert is the founder of Robert Mussey Associates, a nationally-recognized leader in the museum-quality conservation of furniture, architectural woodwork, historic finishes and upholstery. Robert is a leading authority on the Seymours of Boston and curated the recent Seymour exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA.
Nick Kotula, a noted New England furniture conservator and authority on period furniture will present on A Deeper Look into Period Furniture. Nick will discuss the evolution of American period styles and will illustrate the psychology and significance of furniture and its ornamentation.
Will Neptune’s presentation, Construction Details in Federal Furniture, will be a series of demonstrations showing common techniques and methods of work. Federal furniture often includes veneer over curved surfaces. These curves are formed using a variety of techniques including stack laminating, brick laying, kerf-bending, bent lamination and coopering which will be shown. Methods using traditional hand tools and their modern machined equivalents will be covered. Several different methods for the layout and cutting of reeds on turned legs will also be demonstrated.
The non-refundable attendance fee for the meeting (to cover the cost of the speakers) is $30.00 for SAPFM members and $35 for non-members. To attend, you must register with payment no later than February 22, 2010.
The attendance fee can be paid by check made payable to SAPFM and mailed to SAPFM, 14 Reservoir Drive, Bellingham, MA 02019 or click here to pay by credit card using the online registration form. Seating is limited so don’t delay.
This event is open to all SAPFM members and their guests and will also be open to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have questions or would like additional information, contact New England Chapter coordinator, Freddy Roman @ firstname.lastname@example.org .
Will Neptune is also teaching a week-long class at CVSW beginning February 28. The project is a Seymour serpentine work table. For more information, visit the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking website.
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