The Anthony Hay Shop at Colonial Williamsburg is dedicated to the exploration and execution of the cabinetmaker’s trade as practiced in late colonial Virginia. To this end, we employ only the tools, techniques, and materials (when possible) available to our 18th century counterparts. Following in the footsteps of the historical shop, we also explore the trades of carving and harpsichord making. Hay’s shop on Nicholson Street in Williamsburg produced fine furniture for Virginia’s gentry and “upper-middling” classes from 1750/51 – 1776. Today’s shop produces furniture for Colonial Williamsburg, teaches visitors about our craft and its history, and hosts an anual symposium: Working Wood in the 18th Century.
Mack Headley, Master Cabinetmaker & Carver, Emeritus bio
Kaare Loftheim, Journeyman Cabinetmaker, Shop Supervisor bio
Edward Wright, Journeyman Harpsichord Maker bio
Bill Pavlak, Journeyman Cabinetmaker bio
Brian Weldy, Apprentice Cabinetmaker
Anthony Hay, Master (1750-67)
Benjamin Bucktrout, Journeyman (mid 1760s) & Master (1767-70)
William Kennedy, Master/Partner (1768/69)
Edmund Dickinson, Master (1771-76)
James Wilson, Carver (1755)
George Hamilton, Carver (1774)
Wiltshire, Slave (1764-70?)
George Donald, Apprentice?/Journeyman?
James Tyrie, Apprentice (1772 – ?)