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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