Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Everyone Stayed Awake! (Almost.)

The talk took place in the Museum's newly renovated Educational Center

Just got back a little while ago from my lecture at the Wilson Museum. It was a lot of fun and we had a pretty decent turn out. About thirty or so folks attended. I had a healthy mixture of prepared material and ad lib to share with the crowd. In addition to my Powerpoint I brought my Nicholson bench and traditional tool chest (in progress) full of tools to show. I was able to keep almost everyone awake and attentive for the entire hour. (If you have ever done public speaking before, you know how major an achievement this is.) I felt pretty honored to be able to present this research at the museum. There are some really beautiful pieces in their historic Perkins House and the lower floor of the museum is full of a bunch tools. If you are in the area, make sure you check it out.

 To give you a flavor of the talk, here's an excerpt from my notes:

"Why do we need furniture? In most European languages the word for furniture is derived from the Latin mobilis which means movable. This etymological factoid is essential to understand the role furniture plays in a person’s life. Furniture is part of the context of ones home. When we think for a moment about how our homes reflect so much of who we are, the importance of the “movables” of our comfortable home context comes to light."

Everyone's engaged when you pull out the wooden planes...


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