Tag Archives: Colonial Williamsburg Cabinet Shop

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Spinet Braces Attached

Hello all: Next phase of the spinet is complete.  I’ve glued and nailed the tulip poplar triangular knee braces into the interior of the case.  Follow the captions on the photos (don’t forget to click on them for closeup views) … Continue reading

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Hey Irene! Thanks for the Walnut, Now Leave Us Alone!

On Saturday August 27, 2011 Hurricane Irene hit the Virginia Peninsula with the kind of ferocity that will make her hard to forget.  Colonial Williamsburg’s structures withstood the storm quite well, but the same cannot be said for the area’s … Continue reading

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Hello Again and Some Rules for Varnishing

First of all, we’re back and we plan on blogging far more regularly this year.  Thanks for sticking with us! Secondly: Happy New Year Everyone!  …I know that seems belated, but here in the Anthony Hay Shop the new year … Continue reading

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