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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 1765 New York Corner Chair-with W. Mickey Callahan

Chippendale_corner_chairAlthough corner or “roundabout” chairs are not as common for the period, they are never-the-less a fully developed chair that is extremely comfortable and building one provides a unique and challenging experience. In this class, past president of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers, Mickey Callahan will take you from the chair’s historical significance to the nuts and bolts of creating your very own chair. This corner chair was originally featured in a construction article written by Mickey for FWW Issue #215 (Nov./Dec. 2010).

In this class, students will learn efficient approaches to creating curved elements such as cabriole legs that are combined with other elements by means of systematic shaping and joining. In addition, the carving of ball and claw feet and a low relief shell will be covered in a set of simple exercises where students will have a chance to develop their carving skills before executing the final piece. Students will also learn to apply several unique techniques and short cuts that will improve on the accuracy of critical fitting joints common to all period-style chairs. While every endeavor will be made to complete the chair in the class, emphasis will be placed on creating all of the parts necessary to assemble and finish the chair at home without the time constraints of a week long class. If necessary, the school may schedule an additional weekend class to allow students to receive extra help in completing their chair and have an opportunity to upholster the chair’s slip seat. Don’t miss this great chance to make a unique heirloom furniture piece that had its origins before revolutionary times. Sign Up Today. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

Section 072114A: Monday-Saturday, July 21-26. 9:00am - 5:00pm


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

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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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