Carve a Newport Ball & Claw Foot with Al Breed

Al Breed newport B C 640There are innumerable styles of ball and claw feet found in early furniture. The most distinctive styles are generally associated with New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Newport. They were all based on a stylized Chinese dragon’s foot and the most lifelike and distinctive of all is the ball & claw that originated in Newport, Rhode Island. Among the Rhode Island examples, the carvings from John Townsend are the most dynamic and expressive in their execution and design. In this two-day hands on class we will carve a Townsend example from an early high chest that once belonged to an early governor of Connecticut.

Al Breed is a leading expert on the history and construction of Newport Style furniture and works very closely with such distinguished institutions as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Yale Art Gallery. He has written numerous articles for Fine Woodworking Magazine. Al is also a recipient of the SAPFMM Cartouche award and runs his own school in Southern Maine.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from one of our country’s leading experts. There are a number of carving tools that you will need to bring with you. That list is on the school website

Sign up today, space is limited. Tuition: $345.00 plus materials

Section 030219A: Saturday & Sunday, March 2 & 3, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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