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In Memory of Richard Bergen

Richard BergenIt is with great sadness that I tell you Richard Bergen lost his courageous battle with Leukemia on Thursday, April 9, 2020. He was a close personal friend for over 20 years and a huge asset in the school. Richard took dozens and dozens of classes over the years and assisted in most of the beginning classes for many years. Every studio photograph of the school furniture projects was done by Richard- free of charge!

Richard never hesitated to jump in and help out any time we needed it and was a huge help to hundreds of students..

He will be sorely missed.

Bob Van Dyke

Build a Queen Anne Side chair with Will Neptune

Philadelphia_Queen_Anne_sidechairIn the Queen Anne period, the most developed forms were seen in side chairs from Philadelphia. With compass (horseshoe) seats and rear legs shaped in "S" curves, every element flowed together. Often carved with shells on the knees and crest rail, these chairs were perfect examples of the naturalistic inspiration behind Queen Anne designs. Much of their effect is gained by the sculptural shaping of the front cabriole legs and the curving rear legs.  The construction methods used in Philadelphia were unique. The front and side rails are joined by mortice and tenons, with the leg entering from below using a round tenon. This unusual technique simplifies the construction of the chair and also allows the legs to be removed for shaping and carving.
  In this class you will learn efficient methods for forming and joining the curved parts and a systematic approach for shaping. The carving of the feet and shells will be broken down into a clear set of simpler steps. We will make sample parts so that each student will have a chance to practice in class so that the real parts can be completed at home without the time pressure of a weeklong class. Tuition: $695.00 plus materials

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Tool list to follow- some specific carving tools will be required

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Testimonials

11/2/2015

Bob,

All I can say is WOW!  Mike Mascelli is absolutely terrific!  

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5/25/2016

Bob,

I took the weekend woodturning class this weekend with Cory Anderson and just wanted to let you know how fabulous I thought he was.

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