Saturday, October 19, 2019

Times: The Woodworking Forum runs from 9:15 am to 3:45 pm. Doors open at 8:45 am.

Cost: $40 per person (or $30 for Village members); Scholarships are open to graduate, undergraduate, and high school students (see below for details)

Meets in the Stephen M. Brewer Theater in the Old Sturbridge Village Visitor Center

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The Woodworking Forum invites participants to spend a day exploring 19th-century woodworking and cabinetmaking traditions. The program will include opportunities to try different hands-on skills and techniques, observe specialized demonstrations, examine select objects from the Village’s collection of historic furniture, and study-related archival sources from the Research Library.

The price ($40 per person; $30 for Village members) includes:

Scholarships are open to graduate, undergraduate, and high school students. See here for more information.

Pre-registration is required. During registration, you will be asked to indicate your top choice for morning and afternoon sessions (see session details in the schedule below). We will do our best to accommodate preferences but cannot guarantee top choices due to space limitations. Sign up here.


 

Schedule:

9:15 am | Introductions and Welcome

Location: Visitor Center, Stephen M. Brewer Theater

9:30 am | Setting Up Shop: An Introduction to the Work Spaces of Woodworkers in America, 1750-1850

Brock Jobe, Professor Emeritus, Winterthur Museum

Our keynote lecture will explore the working environments of cabinetmakers, their daily routine, and the challenges they faced to earn a living wage.

10:45 am | Concurrent Workshops (Rotation 1)

Workshops will repeat in the afternoon. Space for all events is limited.

Please indicate your workshop preferences during registration. We will do our best to accommodate preferences but cannot guarantee top choices due to space limitations.

19th Century Cabinetmaking: Tools and Techniques

Chris Nasisse, Furniture Maker, The Green Woodshop; Cabinetmaker, Old Sturbridge Village

Plane rough sawn boards at the bench, shave green wood with a drawknife and shaving horse, make a decorative molding with a wooden molding plane, turn a spindle on a foot-powered treadle lathe, and more traditional woodworking techniques. This workshop includes an introduction to the tools and methods used in a period shop, guided instruction and time for lots of hands-on work.

Furniture Up Close: An Examination of the Work of Alden Spooner

Brock Jobe, Professor Emeritus, Winterthur Museum

Join noted furniture scholar Brock Jobe for an up-close examination and discussion of furniture produced by Athol, MA cabinetmaker Alden Spooner.

Tool Marks Tell Stories

Mike Updegraff, Editorial Assistant, Mortise & Tenon Magazine

What do tool marks on secondary surfaces communicate to us about the mindset of makers from centuries ago? Mike Updegraff will explore the significance of tool marks on period furniture, demonstrate how they were made, and discuss the skill and efficiency needed to produce furniture in a period shop.

Forge a Holdfast

Derek Heidemann, Coordinator of Historical Crafts, Old Sturbridge Village

Woodworkers and blacksmiths have relied on each other for centuries – especially when it comes to toolmaking. Now you can explore that relationship for yourself by forging your own holdfast. Using coal forges, participants will learn to shape this important tool with a hammer and anvil.

Woodworking and Cabinetmaking Primary Sources in the Old Sturbridge Village Research Library

Amy Hietala, Librarian, Old Sturbridge Village

Pattern books, account books, business records, and correspondence are just some of the unique cabinetmaking-related materials held in the Old Sturbridge Village Research Library. Join Librarian Amy Hietala for an up-close look at records connected to Samuel Wing, Solomon Sibley, Nathan Lumbard and more!

12:30 pm | Lunch

Location: Great Room, Bullard Tavern

Lunch is included with registration. If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, please let us know by emailing collectorsforum@osv.org.

2:00 pm | Concurrent Workshops (Rotation 2)

19th Century Cabinetmaking: Tools and Techniques

Chris Nasisse, Furniture Maker, The Green Woodshop; Cabinetmaker, Old Sturbridge Village

Plane rough sawn boards at the bench, shave green wood with a drawknife and shaving horse, make a decorative molding with a wooden molding plane, turn a spindle on a foot-powered treadle lathe, and more traditional woodworking techniques. This workshop includes an introduction to the tools and methods used in a period shop, guided instruction and time for lots of hands-on work.

Furniture Up Close: An Examination of the Work of Alden Spooner

Brock Jobe, Professor Emeritus, Winterthur Museum

Old Sturbridge Village recently acquired an important chest made by Athol, MA cabinetmaker Alden Spooner. Join noted furniture scholar Brock Jobe for an up-close examination of three chests in the Old Sturbridge Village collections – all made by Spooner between 1807 and 1817.

Tool Marks Tell Stories

Mike Updegraff, Editorial Assistant, Mortise & Tenon Magazine

What do tool marks on secondary surfaces communicate to us about the mindset of makers from centuries ago? Mike Updegraff will explore the significance of tool marks on period furniture, demonstrate how they were made, and discuss the skill and efficiency needed to produce furniture in a period shop.

Forge a Holdfast

Derek Heidemann, Coordinator of Historical Crafts, Old Sturbridge Village

Woodworkers and blacksmiths have relied on each other for centuries – especially when it comes to toolmaking. Now you can explore that relationship for yourself by forging your own holdfast. Using coal forges, participants will learn to shape this important tool with a hammer and anvil.

Woodworking and Cabinetmaking Primary Sources in the Old Sturbridge Village Research Library

Amy Hietala, Librarian, Old Sturbridge Village

Pattern books, account books, business records and correspondence are just some of the unique cabinetmaking-related materials held in the Old Sturbridge Village Research Library. Join Librarian Amy Hietala for an up-close look at records connected to Samuel Wing, Solomon Sibley, Nathan Lumbard and more!


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