|This is a detail shot of the Fisher property from an 1824 landscape. His yellow 1814 house is on the far right. Photo: Brad Emerson|
My family and I are heading out to go to a church camping trip today so this is the last opportunity to remind you all of this Saturday’s lecture at the Fisher House. The official write up says,
"On Saturday, July 26th Joshua Klein of Klein Furniture Restoration will present his research on the furniture produced by Jonathan Fisher (1768 – 1847) of Blue Hill. The talk titled, “The Fashioning Hand of Jonathan Fisher: An Inside Look at the Parson’s Furniture” will begin at 1:00 pm and will be followed by a guided tour of the collection.This exciting new research has uncovered a rare look into the productive life and mind of this farmer-artisan of 19th century Maine. The surviving body of furniture, tools used to produce them, and diary entries recording their creation are a uniquely comprehensive record unparalleled by any other chair or cabinet maker of preindustrial Maine. Klein will discuss how a close investigation of Fisher’s furniture reveals to us insights into the complex relationship between the parson’s religious devotion, intellectual pursuits, and craft skills."
Yes, somehow my wife and I double-booked this Saturday. I will have to leave the campsite and drive a couple hours to the lecture only to turn around to go back to camping. Oh well. It’s all fun stuff anyhow.
As an aside, I’ve made a little bit more progress on my tool chest… Bottom boards, plinth, and becket cleats. Next up is the interior storage. Oh and I was playing around with some paint yesterday. I decided to grain paint this chest like the mahogany graining so common in Maine in the early 1800s. I’ve not done that before so I am making up some sample boards.
|The Chest in the white|
|The dovetails are reversed on the plinth (for added strength)|
|Becket cleats of poplar I had laying around|
|This is the 'mahoganized' sample board sitting against the chest.|