Announcement: Hammer Veneering & Inlay Class (Sep 2015)

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09-08-2015 03:07 AM

Hello all, I’d like to spread the news about a 3-day class that our local SAPFM chapter (the SAPFM Chesapeake chapter) is sponsoring on Federal/Neoclassical style veneering and inlay in Rockville, MD at the end of Sept 2015. We’ve invited Freddy Roman to speak to us on his way home from presenting to this year’s WIA, and have worked with The Woodworker’s Club to schedule an intensive hands-on class with him in the 3 days preceding our meeting: Wednesday September 30th – Friday October 2nd, 2015 . In this class Freddy will lead us through the skills and techniques to build a Federal/Neoclassical style hammer-veneered panel featuring cross-banding, mitered field, ellipse inlay, and stringing . We will learn hot hide glue methods to build a veneered panel, with elements commonly found on a Federal card table (apron, legs, and top). Freddy will teach us how to find and choose high quality veneer and use that material to construct intricate inlaid surfaces. These techniques are applicable not only to late 18th century furniture, but to any style that uses veneer, marquetry/parquetry, and inlay. Further details and enrollment information is at the following link: The class is limited to 10 students so that Freddy can offer one-on-one attention.

Freddy apprenticed under master craftsman Philip C. Lowe at the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts. After graduating Freddy has worked for conservation studios and cabinet shops restoring furniture, making architectural elements, doing upholstery, and reproducing museum quality furniture. He currently has a shop in Littleton, MA with SAPFM Cartouche Award recipient Will Neptune. Freddy specializes in custom Federal furniture-making and antique restoration, with a particular focus on veneering and inlaying. He makes intricate custom banding that he sells and uses in his own work.

This is Freddy’s copy of a Seymore dressing table; the original is on the cover of the book “Antique American Federal Furniture by John and Thomas Seymour.”

And here’s an in-progress picture of the panel we’ll be building:

This class will precede our SAPFM chapter meeting on 3 October in the same location; all class participants are invited to attend the chapter meeting as well. At our meeting we’ll have a chevelat demonstration, learn about inlaying on curved surfaces, and hear more from Freddy Roman about restoration/repair and reproduction of American period furniture. You can learn more about our chapter meeting on the SAPFM forum.

I should add that the class enables us to bring Freddy Roman into town to speak to our SAPFM chapter…we don’t profit from the class in any other way.
Mark Maleski

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