Category Archives: Shop Happenings

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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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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MESDA Trip

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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Congratulations to our harpsichord maker Edward Wright.

This July 11th, Edward was recognized for his 30 years of service to Colonial Williamsburg. If you’ve stopped by the shop and listen to Ed, you know of his passion for his work and the breadth of his knowledge. He maintains … Continue reading

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The End of an Era

Hello all: Mack Headley, Jr., master cabinetmaker at the Anthony Hay Cabinet Shop at Colonial Williamsburg, officially retired as of today.  It’s certainly not the end of woodwork and opportunities for him.  But it is the end of an era … Continue reading

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Current Projects

Cabinet shop projects progress with fits and starts. It is especially satisfying to return to interrupted projects and complete them. The Chinese style elbow chair pictured above is based on a London original in Colonial Williamsburg’s collection. The old chair … Continue reading

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We’re Not Dead Yet!

Hello all: With a title that nods to Monty Python, here’s a quick update on what’s been happening at the shop during our period of silence (online, that is). Bill has been moving well along on the Peter Scott desk, … Continue reading

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We’re workin’ on it!

Late January and February are quiet at Colonial Williamsburg.  The woodworking symposium is over, the kids are back in school, and the tourists are either skiing or migrating further south than Virginia.  This, then, is a great time of year … Continue reading

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Another Conference on the Books

Thank you all for the warm response to this foray into the 21st century. A special thanks goes out to the guests of  this year’s Woodworking Conference. Your support, encouragement, and comments are always appreciated. We’d like to give a special … Continue reading

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