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Yep. They’re Done.

Here they are. The long-awaited, much anticipated Mack Headley designed, Anthony Hay inspired set of chairs. These chairs finished both apprenticeships for Bill Pavlak and I- actually Bill finished his about two years ago. They were set aside to work on desks … Continue reading


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Come On Get Happy

Perhaps many of you have seen this already via the Colonial Williamsburg website, but if not, here’s the official announcement for our next Working Wood in the Eighteenth Century symposium – co-sponsored by Fine Woodworking: The Pursuit of Happiness: Furniture … Continue reading

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Time Goes By

As some of you may know the long awaited bracket clock works arrived last fall.  The works, made by clockmaker David Lindow of Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania replicate the original set by 18th century Fredericksburg, Virginia clockmaker Thomas Walker. The clock was one … Continue reading

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A New Spinet… Almost Done

Hello everyone. It’s been a long time since I’ve posted on this site.  Work has rolled along and time has passed me by, like always for us all.  But I finally have something to show for the efforts.  You see … Continue reading

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Another Symposium Done Gone

It’s a bit embarrassing writing with the realization that we have been silent for so long.  The last post was about the next symposium.  This will be about the same symposium, but we’ll have to call it the last symposium … Continue reading

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The Next Symposium!

We’re excited yet saddened with our preparations for the January 2015 Working Wood Symposium. This will be the first symposium since its inception in 1999 that our director, Jay Gaynor will not be present. The Working Wood Symposium was Jay’s … Continue reading

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In Memoriam Jay Gaynor

We have lost a leading light. Jay Gaynor, Director of Historic Trades, died suddenly yesterday morning.  Needless to say, all of us tradesmen and women here are in shock. Jay possessed a consummate knowledge in his chosen field of historic … Continue reading

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A Simple Looking Glass Molding

The following write-up describes the making of a conventional looking glass molding that can be scaled up or down to suit the size of the frame. For better examination click on any of the images for an enlarged view. Generally … Continue reading

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On July 8th at our Annual Trade Luncheon, Bill Pavlak and Kaare Loftheim received recognition for reaching individual milestones with Colonial Williamsburg. Bill Pavlak achieved Journeyman status. Kaare, the Anthony Hay Shop supervisor, congratulates Bill while Jay Gaynor looks on.  Bill’s “Initiation Hazing” will come later. … Continue reading

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My, what big feet you have…

As I begin working on the 1707 Philadelphia Escritoire (the English also call this a scriptor, if you lack confidence in your French pronunciation), I am scrambling to find material of sufficient thickness.  The case parts on this are really heavy … Continue reading

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