where did that time go?

I’ ve been busy frittering away my time, (here: http://lostartpress.wordpress.com/2011/09/17/coming-soon-%E2%80%98make-a-joined-stool-from-a-tree%E2%80%99/ ) and then come to find out Woodworking in America is coming right up. And I am going to be part of it…which means I have work to do to get ready. Yikes.  Here’s the lowdown on the conference https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/index.php?eventid=23002&

I’ve started sorting through some pictures, one of my assignments is a slide talk/lecture sort of thing one evening. Some of what I like to include for a presentation like this  is  a lot of period work – I’ve been very fortunate to have a lot of access to old stuff…and I know woodworkers always like to look at furniture. Here’s a couple of pieces that are in the slides right now, doesn’t mean they’ll make it in the end. Most of these photos are by Gavin Ashworth, for the journal American Furniture.

Probably my friend Trent’s all-time favorite wainscot chair.  Most likely from Rhode Island…it’s a real beauty.

And here is a detail of the back rail/panel view – note the “tabled” panel, with its molded edges, set above the beveled section that fits in the frame.

This one is northern Essex County Massachusetts; Trent, Alan Miller & I wrote about a slew of these cupboards 10 years ago. When I saw Gavin’s photo, the central door really hit me – I had seen this cupboard in great detail, but never got the effect til Gavin lit it up. Then here’s a detail from an engraving by Sebastiano Serlio – showing a similar effect.

But my gig always has carving in it, so here’s a taste…

and me  striking a similar pattern…

Well, that’s enough for now. I have lots to do. If you’re in Cincinnati, maybe I’ll see you there.

2 thoughts on “where did that time go?

  1. Peter,

    On the subject of books, (unusual books at least), I have a facebook group on period woodworking. One of the European members just chimed in with amazing photos of period tools from the collection Le musee d’outil in Troyes, France.

    There is an accompanying book called ” Lóutil ” by Paul Feller, Fernand Tourret and Philippe Schlieger ISBN 2851205897 Around 75 Euros, not too bad.

    I found a few copies, mostly in online art book stores. At any rate his photos that he posted of his visit were really great. Lots of 16th to 18th century planes, augers, saws etc.


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