Woodworking in an Old Shop
Do you remember the story about 18th century woodworking shop they found in Massachusetts a few years ago? Well, the shop was found on school property and had been used as a storage shed for years. Once they discovered the shed had originally belonged to woodworker Luther Sampson and was built sometime around 1789 (or earlier) it made quite a story.
Recently it was used again as it was originally meant to be. Frequent contributor, Phil Lowe, was asked by the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA to make some replica Nathaniel Gould pieces to be used in an upcoming interactive exhibit. Then they thought it would be great if Phil could work in a shop that looked like Gould’s might have looked and thought of the Luther Sampson shop. They recently were there filming Phil doing his thing for a video that will be shown during the exhibit, “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Furniture of Nathaniel Gould” opening November 15, 2014. Check out the museum’s recent blog about the day and see some photos. And if you are in the area, be sure to check out the exhibit.
Phil Lowe at work on a Queen Anne lowboy, from FWW # 201
Reproduction Samuel McIntire chair Lowe made for the Peabody Essex Museum (FWW # 198 Readers Gallery)