Build a Connecticut Thomas Harland Tall Case Clock with Chuck Bender

Chuck Bender Thos Harland Tall Clock 800To many woodworkers, the tall case clock represents the pinnacle of furniture making. This is your chance to reach that summit. As a group, we’ll start by working up a complete set of plans for this Thomas Harland, Connecticut tall case clock.

Harland is considered the “father” of Connecticut clock makers. Originally trained in England, in 1773 Harland emigrated to Norwich, CT, where he openned a busy shop,training numerous clockmakers, among them well known clock maker Daniel Burnap who later went on to train Eli Terry. During the class we will make a trip to the Wadsworth Atheneum to study one of the Harland clocks in their collection.

Construction starts right at the top. That’s right, the hood is where the project begins. It may be the smallest component of the entire clock, but there’s more to making a clock hood than meets the eye. It’s a complex case that will put all your skills to the test.

After the hood is complete, you’ll build the structure that houses the pendulum and supports the works and the hood-the case and bracket feet. As the week wraps up, you’ll leave with a few tasks to accomplish at home before you return in the fall. When you come back for the final three days, we’ll focus on the finishing touches – carving the finials, decorative cutouts and (if you’d like to customize the clock) possibly a bit of decorative inlay.

Challenge yourself and your woodworking skills while building a piece of American history. Chuck Bender is a master furniture maker who runs his own school (The Acanthus Workshop) in Pennsylvania. This is an opportunity to work with one of the best furniture makers in the country- You do not want to miss it!! We will meet for five days in July, take a break so you can do your homework- and then come back for 3 days in September. Because of the many options you will have regarding the works & the dial, the materials fee will not include these items.

Tuition: $1295.00 plus materials

Section: 071921A: Monday – Friday, July 19 – 23 & Monday – Wednesday, September 13 – 15, 9:00am – 5:00pm

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