Public Appearances
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March
27 Woodworkers' Guild of South Jersey - Cherry Hill NJ

I'll be addressing my local woodworking group on Thursday, March 27th at 7:15 in the Unitarian Church in Cherry Hill (Lower level of main building). The address is: 401 Kings Highway North Cherry Hill, NJ 08034. I'll discuss my thoughts on period woodworking and try to demonstrate some techniques that support my theories. This is always tricky. Demonstrating my craft, especially for woodworkers, in a way that represents the craft's efficiency and efficacy, requires some significant logistical effort. Tools must be sharp (and present). I have to move and assemble my workbench. I often bring saw horses. Basically, I set up a fully functioning 18th c shop.

My talk will attempt to link historical information to modern woodworking. I'm hoping those assembled will leave with the sense that these old fashioned methods can be relevant for their work, regardless of the style.

I'm not sure how big this group is now, but I'm guessing more woodworkers are always welcome. If you'd like to join us but have questions, please contact Mike. One of my goals for 2008 is to meet with woodworkers and support woodworking groups and guilds. If you'd like me to speak at your group's meeting, send me an email.

April
6 Historic Trades Day - Pennsbury Manor

I volunteer at Pennsbury Manor, the reconstructed home of William Penn. There is a small woodshop called "The Joynery" where I and a few friends do our best to interpret the work of joiners in the year 1700. I don't make every Historic Trades day, so if you are coming to see me specifically, be sure to email me first.

May
3 American Craft Traditions at Work - Mount Pleasant

Sponsored by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this seminar at historic Mount Pleasant in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park will offer attendees an up close and personal view of the crafts and craftsmanship that goes into recreating and restoring 18th century museum exhibits. Open to PMA members and non-members alike, this event offers rare opportunity to explore an historic house from a craftsman's point of view. Conservator and master carver Chris Storb will be presenting. If I weren't presenting, I would want to attend just to hear Chris. Chris has duplicated many of Martin Jugiez' carvings in Mt. Pleasant and several bits of the finest pieces in the museum's 18th c furniture gallery. Don't miss this event. Enrollment is limited so get your tickets asap. These things sell out.

4 Historic Trades Day - Pennsbury Manor

I volunteer at Pennsbury Manor, the reconstructed home of William Penn. There is a small woodshop called "The Joynery" where I and a few friends do our best to interpret the work of joiners in the year 1700. I don't make every Historic Trades day, so if you are coming to see me specifically, be sure to email me first.