Build the Monticello Tall Clock with Charles Bender
In this six day, hands on class you will build a beautiful Chippendale Pennsylvania Flat top tall case clock with master clock maker Charles Bender. This is a reproduction of the tall clock that stands in the kitchen of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello estate. We will cover case joinery, making and applying the moldings, making the bonnet and the bonnet door. Chuck will be teaching you the method for making the ogee bracket feet simply and efficiently.
By breaking down the project into its three main components; the base, the waist and the bonnet top, the project becomes a little less daunting and by taking a systematic approach to its construction students are assured of completing all the machining of parts, most of the hand-fitting and most of the assembly during class. Because everyone works at different speeds and the project is fairly complex you should not expect to be bringing home a completely finished clock after six days - but- you will be bringing home the knowledge and the confidence to easily finish the project in your own shop at your own pace. Throughout the class, the focus will be on combining hand tools and machinery to build an heirloom clock using period construction and details. Charles Bender has a national reputation as a maker of superb period furniture. He is a frequent contributor to Popular Woodworking magazine and is the founder of The Acanthus Workshop school in Pennsylvania. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to make your project of a lifetime. Tuition: $695.00 plus materials