I had another busy month. On September 7 I was invited to join Michael Graham Director of the Shaker Museum at Sabbathday Lake, at the Willis Henry Shaker auction at the Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, MA. The best part of the auction was actually the preview. We got to see, touch, and examine some of the finest examples of Shaker furniture from the McCue collection. The auction itself was a real eye-opener. There were some good deals, and other unexpected pieces reached astronomical prices. A ladder-back chair from Ohio went for $57,000. Michael bid on, and won, one special Maine piece: a 5′ brick-red work table from Alfred, ME, with a full width drawer and swell taper turned legs.
On September 14 I gave a talk at the Vaughan Homestead in Hallowell, ME. The main house sits on several hundred acres overlooking the Kennebec river and a beautiful formal garden. The talk was well attended and received. I covered basic wood technology and how it affects furniture construction. My small teaching cabinet was a big hit. It comes apart to show the paneled back, web frame, glue blocks, keyed dovetail moldings, drawer and door construction.
In the shop I finished a Shaker lap desk. This one was made of cherry with a beautifully figured and quarter sawn lid, and the usual tiny ink drawer. I also set aside a week to build a standing desk for my shop. It is something I’ve needed for years. Photos next time.
Mike Pekovich from FWW was up for a day to shoot photos of the shop for an upcoming issue devoted to shop layout. Great photos, interesting article.
Four new DVDs will be on the website soon: Making Through Dovetails & Making a Drawer (sold as a set of two for $45.), Build a Shaker Bench ($30.), and Build a Chisel Box ($30.).
C H Becksvoort © 2013