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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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Carving Class 2013, Part 5

Bill posted this picture a little while ago.  All the background relief work done.  Onward…     The Hay Shop

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