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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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On the Trail of William Buckland; the Beginning and the End

Months ago my wife and I planned a trip to Annapolis with some friends, long before the subject of the 2014 Working Wood Symposium was decided. (Before our shop study trip to MESDA, and our trip to Gunston Hall.)  We … Continue reading

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Carving Class 2013, Part 4

Starting on the last jobs in Massachusetts… Ted… And Bill, working on his roughing out… Both designs in bass. Ted has declared a pause to sharpen.  Bill?  Whalin’ away.  Go, men. The Hay Shop.

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Carving Class 2013, Part 3

The next jobs for Bill and Ted: Bill’s finished one and the drawings for the next. And Ted’s next piece: Ongoing.  Thanks, guys. The Hay Shop

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Carving Class 2013, Part 2

More photos from Bill and Ted’s stint up at the Klitsas carving class.  First Bill’s most recent effort, in bass wood: And Ted’s latest mahogany piece: Home stretch days coming now, for our men.  More later, as we get good … Continue reading

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Carving Class Work 2013, Part 1

Hello all… Bill Pavlak is up in Massachusetts this week and next week, along with Ted Boscana of the Joinery, working with Dimitrios Klitsas on decorative carving.  We’ll be running updates periodically on their work and progress as they post … Continue reading

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Buckland and Sears at Gunston Hall

Among the pieces we’ll be featuring in our January Working Wood Symposium is a wonderful sideboard from the MESDA collection at Old Salem in Winston Salem, North Carolina. This table, originally among the furnishings of Mt. Airy, was saved from a … Continue reading

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Walnut Desk and Bookcase Part I: The Bookcase

A little over a year ago, we completed work on this walnut desk and bookcase.  If you’ve been through the shop over the past few years, you may recognize this piece — it had been one of those on-again-mostly-off-again affairs. … Continue reading

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You may have seen the announcement on the Colonial Williamsburg web site concerning the 2014 Working Wood Symposium. I wanted to put some pictures to those words. In late June, Jay Gaynor, Ted Boscana and I took a scouting tour … Continue reading

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Very Risky Wood Planing , 18th Century Style, or How to Get Out of a Self-Imposed Problem

Hello everyone: So now I’m back to making parts for holding the strings in the spinet.  I’ve begun with the bridge, the curved piece of cherry seen in the above photo.  It’s long and thin, sawn from a solid slab. … Continue reading

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