Build an Eliphalet Chapin “School” Desk on Frame with Will Neptune
We are pleased to announce a new series of projects in our continuing relationship with the Windsor Historical Society and their re-interpretation of the Strong -Howard House and now the office of 18th century physician Doctor Chaffee. Over the next two years we will be building three pieces of furniture for the re-interpretation of the Doctor Chaffee office. The three pieces include an apothecary chest, a “kitchen” table and this desk on frame which will be based on an original cherry desk which is considered part of the “Chapin school”- which means that based on design and construction characteristics it is attributed to a cabinetmaker who would have worked for East Windsor cabinetmaker, Eliphalet Chapin. The original, part of the Garvin Furniture collection at Yale, will be measured precisely and used as the model for our project. Unlike other classes we have done, we will be taking some liberties with the design. The original features pad foot cabriole legs but we are offering the option of doing ball & claw feet on the legs if you would prefer. We will also change the drawer layout to more closely mimic the usual Chapin drawer/ apron configuration. The interior gallery is simpler than most which is in keeping with the Chapin aesthetic and building the slant front lid offers unique technical challenges in the correct installation of the hinge hardware.
This class will begin as a week-long class but we are estimating another three, possibly four fall/ winter weekends will be necessary in order to complete the project. Because we are uncertain of the actual time needed the tuition price may have to be increased if we do need to add more class meetings. Sign up today. This is a unique class which offers the opportunity to learn from one of the best instructors and furniture makers in the country. Tuition: $1595.00 (based on three fall weekends in addition to the 5 day class listed here) plus materials
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