A couple of years ago I flew out from Las Vegas to attend a weekend class hosted by Steve Latta on inlay bandings.

 The class was so helpful and fun, and I learned techniques that I’ve been recently able to use in the construction of a few furniture pieces. Specifically, I recently built an 1810 George/John Hoff PA tall clock, copied from the original at the Winterthur Museum, and entered it in the San Diego fair. I was notified this weekend that I was awarded the Society of American Period Furniture Makers award for best period piece, as well as first prize in the clock division! Coffey Tall_Clock_Front

I wanted to reach out to Steve and Bob to thank them for their instruction and encouragement. I don’t have access to instruction of your school’s caliber here in the Southwest, and have instead resorted to using my vacation time to travel to the East to participate in classes like yours. Thank you again for all of your help.

I am attaching photos of the clock that I recently built. Made all of the bandings myself, and did all of the inlay using the techniques that Steve taught. Please note the cross-hatch banding at the base of the hood. It took six attempts before I was happy with the end result. Hopefully you can see from the photo that I also inlaid the case’s corners, the hood’s pillars, and the gooseneck molding, all in satinwood. Needless to say it was a very challenging project!

Coffey Tall_Clock_Face Coffey Tall_Clock_Side Coffey and_Tall_Clock


Thanks again guys, and I hope to attend another of your classes soon.

Steven Coffey, CPA