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Did somebody sign something in Philadelphia?

I have spent a good portion of this Independence Day thinking about something signed in Philadelphia in the eighteenth century.  No, it’s not what you think.  It’s Edward Evans, not John Hancock et al.  It’s 1707, not 1776. It is a … Continue reading

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I love wood! (I mean that with sincerity and sarcasm)

You know those people who wear t-shirts with “I Love Wood” printed across the chest?  Perhaps you are one of those people – it’s okay, I’m not making fun.  Even if it is not a part of my wardrobe, I, and hopefully … Continue reading

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Inaugural Meeting of the Tidewater SAPFM chapter

The Society of American Period Furniture Makers has a new chapter catering to eastern Virginia and North Carolina. First of all, a special thanks to Bill Caillet and the folks at the Norfolk Woodcraft for their hospitality and letting SAPFM use … Continue reading

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Every Piece Has a Story

Several weeks ago we had the opportunity to visit the home of a friend. I had understood  that he had a significant collection of period furniture, but we were unprepared for what we saw.  After his wife treated us to a cup of … Continue reading

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Symposium Aftermath

Now that the 2014 edition of the Working Wood in the Eighteenth Century Symposium is over and all of our attendees are (hopefully) back home safe, sound, and ready for another year of period furniture making, we thought we should … Continue reading

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A Carver’s Platform

In the natural course of things here at the Hay shop we only carve occasionally, but over the last few weeks it’s been the daily activity for Bill and I. That much bending over is fatiguing on the neck and back … Continue reading

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Mending Cap Veneers

Hello everyone… Well, it’s been one of those autumns…. We recently had some atmospheric “issues” here in the shop and below you can see the results on the cap veneers on the spinet case. The front rail took the brunt … Continue reading

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The Finished Finials – finally

We’ve had a project in the shop I’d like to tell you all about. Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Trades Department is working with The Museum of the American Revolution to construct a copy of George Washington’s wartime Headquarters- “The First Oval … Continue reading

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Time to Stir the Pot!

Introducing our volunteer, Oscar Wells, a longtime woodworker who helps us here in the shop two days a week.  Of late, he has been working to complete the dressing bureau featured at the Mount Vernon Symposium in 2012.  Here, he … Continue reading

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Carving Class 2013, Part 6 (The End)

Work has wrapped for Bill and Ted in Massachusetts.  Last jobs… Bill has flowers carved by Dimitrios to use as examples when he completes the piece back here in Williamsburg.  The ones on the left…     And Ted has … Continue reading

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