Woodworking Forum

Saturday, March 29, 2014 -
9:00am to 4:00pm

$65 per person
$55 for OSV Members or North Bennet Street School Current Students and Alumni

Pricing includes lunch and morning coffee.

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Join us for a day celebrating the woodworking techniques of 19th-century cabinetmaker Nathan Lombard and his contemporaries. Speakers and presenters will include OSV trustee Norm Abram, host of the New Yankee Workshop and Master Carpenter on This Old House; Steve Brown and Will Neptune representing North Bennett Street School; Freddy Roman, woodworker and president of the New England Chapter of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers; Christie Jackson, OSV’s Senior Curator of Decorative Arts; OSV’s Curator of Mechanical Arts, Tom Kelleher. Come marvel at Lombard’s extraordinary inlay and explore the story of a local 19th-century cabinetmaker. This unique, all-day event is designed to encourage fresh conversations about the history, design, and construction of New England furniture. The forum coincides with OSV’s current exhibit, Delightfully Designed – The Furniture and Life of Nathan Lombard, on view until May 4, 2014.

Schedule of Events

9:00-10:00 Registration and coffee.

10:00 Morning welcome

10:15-11:00 “Nathan Lombard and his Network of Cabinetmakers”
Christie Jackson, Senior Curator of Decorative Arts at Old Sturbridge Village, will give a talk exploring Nathan Lombard as a cabinetmaker, family man, and community member, including recently unearthed connections to other local cabinetmakers.

11:00-12:15 “Exploring a Lombard Form”
Steve Brown and Will Neptune are both graduates of and instructors in (Steve currently and Will, formerly) the Cabinet and Furniture Making program at the North Bennet Street School. They will discuss and demonstrate the construction and carving techniques used on the legs and column from the Lombard candlestand. Instructors and students from NBSS undertook a study and recreation of the candlestand and several complex inlay patterns

12:15-1:15 Lunch hosted by OSV Trustee Norm Abram, host of the New Yankee Workshop and Master Carpenter of This Old House, speaking informally about the rich traditions of rural cabinetmaking in New England, followed by a Q&A. 

1:15-2:30 Freddy Roman, woodworker and President of the New England Chapter of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers, will discuss and demonstrate aspects of his recreation of a Lombard chest of drawers and drop-leaf table owned by OSV. These reproductions are being used in the Village to help visitors connect to the Lombard story.

2:30-3:30 Woodworking tools from the Samuel Wing collection will be out for close inspection. Samuel was a cabinetmaker in the early 1800s and OSV is fortunate to have a collection of his tools, patterns, unfinished furniture parts, and manuscripts, which all remained in the Wing family for 150 years. Participants will have the opportunity to explore those items closely which are not normally on view.

3:30 Stroll around the Village with Tom Kelleher, Curator of Mechanical Arts, as he takes visitors on a ‘Trees of New England Tour. ’ Look at some of the more common trees in the southern New England forest, many of which were historically used in furniture production by local woodworkers.

Ongoing Throughout the Day

9:00-4:00 Woodworking demonstrations by North Bennet Street School artisans showing traditional woodworking practices, such as sand-shading, inlay work, and carving.

Tours and/or demonstrations of OSV’s sawmill, which is erected on the site that David Wight Jr. (1761-1813) first prepared in the 1790s. Our sawmill is a recreation of the 19th-century Nichols-Colby Sawmill of Bow, New Hampshire, showing visitors how an up-and-down saw prepared wood for use in the construction of homes and furniture throughout the region. Running of sawmill dependent on water levels.