Saturday, July 28, 2012

Watch out Peter Follansbee!

Well, Eden and I have been collecting a few tools to begin our 17th Century Joinery Adventures. All we need is my blacksmith friend to finish up my froe and here we come white oak trees! The Alexander and Follansbee book has been very inspiring for us.

Also, we have been building our Underhill Spring pole lathe on our Tuesday workshop nights. It's coming along a rate consonant with a three year old's attention span... It might be another month or so on the lathe.

So, thanks for the inspiration, Peter. Many Saturday mornings have been spent with Eden asking to watch the "lave turning wood" and the man "bonking it wif a chisel". We look forward to sharing our projects on the Diary.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Ornamentation as Punctuation

So the lecture this weekend went well. Yes, I did stay up until 1 am the night before and spend two hours in the morning before I left. But it went well. A goodly handful of people showed up and all seemed engaged. I am thankful for an opportunity to sharpen my understanding of American furniture history. Can't wait until next year's lecture. But what will be the topic? hmmm.... Any ideas?

Friday, July 13, 2012

A Chicken's Solace

I need a break. I'm currently decompressing in the solace of my chickens company. After the second full day of sitting at my laptop, riveting my eyes on Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, I think my brain is officially mush. Nothing like leaving this kind of thing to the last minute. Not that I haven't been studying and preparing notes the past couple months. I have. But making something coherent and presentable always seems to take more time than I anticipate.

I may have bitten off more than I can chew... The title is "Antique Furniture: Identification, Connoisseurship, and Care". The goal is to keep it no longer than an hour. Just how exactly this is not insane is beyond my understanding as this really ought to be three lectures. The hardest part is always boiling it down to the simple and yet profoundly helpful points. Brevity is king in this territory. I think I need a cup of coffee. It may be a long night.

Here's the flyer for tomorrow morning's event:

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Swimming in Books

Whew. This summer's been a rush. This is definitely my busy season. Lots of calls, lots of appointments, and lots of furniture. Oh and I have been preparing to do a Pecha Kucha presentation for this evening and another lecture on Saturday. I've been swimming in books and notes. If you're in the area, come on over!