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Round up: Colonial Williamsburg Conference 2011

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The period furniture conference in Colonial Williamsburg is still going strong and FW's Matt Kenney is covering week two of the action. Bookmark your browser to this page for the latest posts from the 2011 "Working Wood in the 18th Century" conference.

This year's conference focuses inspiration from Asia and is called "Cabinetmakers Look to the East: Asian Influences on 18th-century English and American Furniture."

The Latest from Williamsburg

The Anthony Hay Cabinet Shop at Colonial Williamsburg now has a blog. Check it out. It is pretty cool. Its focused on what its like to work in the shop (as a 21st century person).

Tour an 18th-Century Cabinet Shop
by Matt Kenney

This is just a quick note from the conference. I was speaking with apprentice cabinetmaker Brian Weldy today and he told me that the Anthony Hay Cabinet Shop now has a blog...

The Anthony Hay Cabinet Shop at Colonial Williamsburg now has a blog. Check it out. It is pretty cool. Its focused on what its like to work in the shop (as a 21st century person).

Blog for Williamsburg's Anthony Hay Shop
by Matt Kenney

This is just a quick note from the conference. I was speaking with apprentice cabinetmaker Brian Weldy today and he told me that the Anthony Hay Cabinet Shop now has a blog...

Pull plane. I use a similar setup, pusing against a stop. Hunter pulls against one. Notice the dowels on the underside that hold beam in place.

Japanese Woodworking Tools
by Matt Kenney

First, let me say that the conference is fantastic. I don't do period work (I have in the past) and I still being held rapt by the presenters....

Phil Lowes sharp spokeshave was a blur as he turned a rough-sawn back post into a perfectly fair, sinuous surface, ready for finish, in about 60 seconds. Phil Lowe is a Woodworking Ninja
by Asa Christiana

On Day 3 of "Working Wood in the 18th Century," the annual conference the FWW co-sponsors at Colonial Williamsburg, Phil Lowe took the stage, and stole the spotlight.... 

This tea table, from Williamsburgs collection, was made by local cabinetmaker Peter Scott in the 1700s. 

Three Projects in One Day
by Asa Christiana

On Day 3 of "Working Wood in the 18th Century," the presenters worked on three separate pieces, each showing the influence of Oriental imports on native furniture makers of the time...

And here is the ingenious but complex joint that was used during the Ming dynasty. Jaws dropped and their was some wry laughter from the crowd when Andrew displayed this joint..

Three Way Miter Joint
by Asa Christiana

It is Day 2... After singing the praises of the proper mindset, body awareness, and uncompromising tool setup and sharpness demanded by Japanese woodworking techniques, it was time for Andrew Hunter to...

 The beautiful DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum is once again home to the conference. Everything is housed there, from the auditorium to the dining area. 

Asa Arrives at Williamsburg

FWW co-sponsors a wonderful event,"Working Wood in the 18th Century," every year at Colonial Williamsburg. This year's theme is "Cabinetmakers Look to the East," and explores the powerful Asian influence on the furniture of the time...

 

Colonial Williamsburg Conference in the Archives

Williamsburg Sketchbook by Jim McGlothlin
2010: Hand-tool lovers converge on Williamsburg
2010: Period Furniture society marks anniversary and honors founders
2010: Roy Underhill and a Unique Jefferson Bookstand
2010: Thomas Jefferson's Campeche Chair
2009: Woodworking the Williamsburg Way
ARCHIVE VIDEO: Touring the Colonial Williamsburg Shop
ARCHIVE VIDEO: Colonial Williamsburg Furniture Collection Membership Required
ARCHIVE VIDEO: Antique Tools are Modern Made  Membership Required
ARCHIVE VIDEO: How They Did It: Dimensioning Lumber by Hand  Membership Required
ARCHIVE VIDEO: How They Did It: Before the Router Membership Required
ARCHIVE VIDEO: How They Did It: Before the Bandsaw  Membership Required



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Comments (2)

ottowood ottowood writes: I need help. I am a new woodworker and my granddaughter asked me to make her a box to keep her teas in. I completed this project and gave it to her for Christmas. I put a lift off cover on it. Because it was to contain food I did not finish the inside. About a week after she received it the cover warpped and twisted. Do I need to make a new cover or is there a way to save the current one? Thanks for your help.
Posted: 5:39 pm on February 1st

Templeporter Templeporter writes: Does anyone know where measured drawings can be acquired for Thomas Jefferson's "campeche" chair (there's at least one at the Williamsburg museum).

Thanks!
Posted: 1:02 pm on January 25th

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