2018 Guild School

June 9-15, 2018     Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine

12 Hour Classes

Pete Acquisto - Magnifying Glass, circa 1771–72 (FULL)
Diane Almeyda - Heraldry Shield
Bonni Backe - Traditional Maine Snowshoes
Bonni Backe - Making Your Own Trims
Bonni Backe - Bound Weave Rug
Pete and Pam Boorum - Brides Boxes and Pantry Boxes
Ursula Dyrbye-Skovsted - Fine 19th Century Marquetry Glove Box (FULL)
Beth Freeman-Kane - Wood Duck Decoy
Pat Hartman - French Knot “Hooked” Rug
Bob Hurd - Hall Tree with Storage
Daniela Kiefhaber - Silver Accessories in Art Clay
Hiroyuki & Kyoko Kimura - Sedum
Miyuki Kobayashi - Octopus Aquarium (FULL)
Tim Kraft - Electric Techniques
Iulia Chin Lee - Turned Bird Feeders
Marcia McClain - Knole Sofa (FULL)
Cristina Minischetti - Drinks and Appetizers
Cristina Minischetti - Birthday Party (FULL)
Mary Grady O’Brien - Fashion and Folk Art: Millinery Heads
Diane Paone - Collapsible Wire Egg Basket with Eggs
Pat Richards - Small Colonial Trunk
Lidi Stroud - Market Basket (FULL)
Michael Yurkovic - Turned Table Lamp with Fabric Shade and Working Light
Michael Yurkovic - Park Bench (FULL)

INSTRUCTOR: Pete Acquisto, Fellow
COURSE: Silversmithing and Metal Work
PROJECT: Magnifying Glass, circa 1771–72

(This class is FULL)

This beautiful magnifying glass makes an excellent project for anyone who wants to begin working with the lathe. Student will learn different techniques while making the parts of the magnifying glass; overall length of 13/16". The simple shape makes it an excellent beginner project. The little torch will be used to solder the handle to the magnifying glass bezel, so students will learn the basics of soldering and how to solder silver parts together. After soldering the handle on, students will learn finishing techniques using the flex shaft machine and the buffing machine. Students should walk away with a very nice piece.

time: 12 hours. This class will be easy and slow paced. Students will have time to finish in the allotted time.

POWER TOOLS: lathe, flex shaft, buffing machine

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner and intermediate

MATERIALS FEE: $90 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Diane Almeyda, Artisan
COURSE: Metal Work and Enameling
PROJECT: Heraldry Shield

Quoted from Heraldry: A Pictorial Archive for Artists & Designers by Arthur Charles Fox-Davies, “The art of heraldry involves the devising, the description (or blazoning) and the regulation of the hereditary symbols used to distinguish not only individuals, but also institutions of all kinds, from colleges and churches to guilds and corporations. Heralds were originally messengers wearing the livery of their lord; later their duties extended to the announcing of contenders at tournaments and, in time, they became the foremost authorities on all aspect of heraldry and genealogy. Heraldic symbolism is generally thought to have developed out of the confluence of two medieval design practices: the identification markings borne by a warrior on his shield and surcoat in battle, and the insignia on seals used to authenticate documents. By the middle of the 12th century in Western Europe, heraldic devices were already playing an important role at state functions.”

It is to be noted that the shield form was not just protection for a warrior, or to decorate the walls of a castle or building, but was an important part of identification that still exists in organizations today. There are so many ways to incorporate shields in various types of miniature settings.

The instructor will supply various patterns from which students may choose to make their shield. Students will saw out the basic forms from copper sheet and learn to properly prepare and apply enamels for permanent and long-lasting color. Students will drill holes and make rivets to join multiple layers. Oxides will be painted on and fired for permanence to enhance the design. This should be a fun class for all!

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: flex shaft

SKILL LEVEL: All levels

MATERIALS FEE: $40 to be collected in advance of school

INSTRUCTOR: Bonni Backe, Fellow
COURSE: Lacing
PROJECT: Traditional Maine Snowshoes

Maine was the center of snowshoe production from the 1850s to the 1940s and Maine Indian snowshoes were renowned for their superb craftsmanship and durability. Snowshoes were made not only by Maine Indians, but by non-natives, who borrowed traditional Native American designs and construction techniques. Students will create the bent ash frames in the Maine snowshoe style, using a jig and the glulam technique. Holes for the toe and heel sections will be carefully drilled with a pin vise. Weaving is done with a material that closely simulates the original caribou rawhide. Students will learn the triangular lacing pattern which seems to be unique to the snowshoe. The bindings will be made of fine leather; buckles will be provided.

time: 12 hours. Completion of one is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner

MATERIALS FEE: $35 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Bonni Backe, Fellow
COURSE: Passementerie
PROJECT: Making Your Own Trims

Passementerie—the fancy French term for all the wonderful trimmings that make or break upholstered furniture, draperies or elegant women’s gowns. Finding these precious trims in the correct scale or color can be difficult or impossible—why not just make your own?

Students will learn to weave narrow tapes and fringes of several styles on a portable inkle loom. Both simple and wooden headed tassels will be made and fancy cords will be taught. The goal of the class is to enable students to envision and then create any sort of trimming they may need for future upholstery or doll dressing projects. Toward this end, they will make sample cards and learn to record project details for their own reference. All necessary tools—3-ply cord maker, tassel jigs and inkle loom are included in the materials fee and will enable students to continue creating trims long after the class is over. Color theory will be incorporated into all aspects of designing. Students are encouraged to bring possible projects and fabrics for inspiration.

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None.

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner through advanced students who want to polish their techniques

MATERIALS FEE: $80 to be collected at school. If students have their own inkle loom from a previous class from this instructor, the materials fee is $50.

INSTRUCTOR: Bonni Backe, Fellow
COURSE: Weaving
PROJECT: Bound Weave Rug

This is a traditional Scandinavian rug weaving technique, known as krokbragd. Woven on only three harnesses, it’s a remarkably versatile weave. With this weave, many geometric shapes are possible, beyond the three shown by the prototypes. Students will work on table looms provided by the instructor unless they choose to bring their own looms. In preparation for weaving students will dress a table loom with a 3 ½" wide warp, pre-wound by the instructor to save time. Once the looms are set up, easy because as a weft faced rug, there aren’t that many ends, the fun begins. Choosing their own color scheme students will weave one, possibly more, rugs.

Proper documentation and colors in scale will be discussed, as will weave draft interpretation to weave the rug of their dreams.

time: 12 hours. Completion of one is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: All levels. Students should be aware that both dressing the loom and weaving requires standing. Patience and good eyesight are quite important; previous weaving experience is not.

MATERIALS FEE: $90 to be collected at school. The fee includes the rental of the loom.

INSTRUCTOR: Pam & Pete Boorum, Artisans
COURSE: Woodworking
PROJECT: Brides Boxes and Pantry Boxes

There is always a need to have a place to store things, and special wooden boxes had a prominent place in the household and retail world before cardboard changed our lives. This class offer two different styles:

The Brides Box was meant to hold special treasures that were a part of her trousseau. Often beautifully decorated and painted with the happy couple’s names and wedding date, this decoration will be left to later efforts. We will concentrate on cutting the parts, bending them around forms and fitting the lids, and shaping the tops and lids.

Pantry Boxes were made for dry storage, both commercially and domestically. Students will work with several sizes. The basic techniques are the same as the Brides Boxes. However, the pantry boxes usually featured nails or tacks to secure the overlap, and we will do these in miniature as well. Painting and aging will be an option for the students in this class. More elaborate decoration is “on your own.”

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: table saw

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner and intermediate

MATERIALS FEE: $40 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Ursula Dyrbye-Skovsted, Artisan
COURSE: Woodworking
PROJECT: Fine 19th Century Marquetry Glove Box

(This class is FULL)

What is a real lady without her gloves? And what is a pair of gloves without a fine marquetry glove box? Just asking! Of course we all want to take good care of our delicate gloves, so now is the time to make the perfect box to preserve them. Glove boxes were essential on a real lady’s dresser in the 19th century. They came in many different variations, more or less decorated, and in several materials. Some had a silk lining, some had velvet, and others were polished wood inside. Their purpose was the same. To keep the exclusive fine gloves safe.

This class will focus on marquetry techniques; or rather inlay. The difference is in the technique. There are several ways to obtain this artwork. The instructor has chosen a mix of traditional techniques that work well in miniature. The box parts for this project are precut, ready to join.

Different patterns for the inlay will be available and chosen due to skill and boldness. As this is a tiny box, just about 1" W x ⅓" D, some details in the inlay will be altered to fit the project. Students will work with very small parts of veneer. After preparing the veneer banding and the layout for the marquetry on the box, students will cut the marquetry pieces from different colored exotic veneer with a jeweler's saw. Following the chosen pattern each piece is cut and inlayed. Students will learn how to inlay the pieces on the box lid using a scalpel and modified X-acto knife blades. When all marquetry is in place the box is cleaned up and sanded to reveal the complete decor. After sanding, the box is cut open and an inside wood lining is inserted. If time allows, a hinge arrangement can be added. The box will get a shiny finish. A lovely, intense class.

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely with some overtime.

POWER TOOLS: table saw, drill press

SKILL LEVEL: All levels, as the marquetry pattern can be chosen based on each student’s skills. Good eyehand coordination is needed to manage this project’s tiny pieces.

MATERIALS FEE: $55 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Beth Freeman-Kane, Fellow
COURSE: Sculpting
PROJECT: Wood Duck Decoy

This class provides the perfect “no pressure space” to either enjoy an introduction to working with polymer clay, or to hone your skills if you are already experienced. Different soft and hard sculpting techniques with polymer clay will be taught as students create this beautiful wood duck. A few people will remember evening seminars offered by this instructor in painting decoy ducks. It was a bit of a challenge to paint a duck in two hours! Hence the decision to expand into a full 12-hour class where students can actually sculpt the duck as well as paint it in order to gain fuller creative experience. Each student will be provided with an original casting of the instructor's sculpture as a guide, and students will have the option to paint this one up at the end of the week if they so choose. Acrylic painting techniques will be taught to create interesting contrasts with vibrant colors. This particular duck has truly stunning colors and striking iridescent markings. The completed piece could be used in a natural setting or placed in an interior scene as a decorative decoy. This class will be fun and relaxed!

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: moto tool

SKILL LEVEL: All levels

MATERIALS FEE: $30 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Pat Hartman, Fellow
COURSE: Needlework
PROJECT: French Knot “Hooked” Rug

Although hooked fabric has been found in Egypt as long ago as the 15th century, it has become known as an early 19th century North American folk art. The early settlers most often used strips of clothing that were no longer serviceable to make floor coverings and bed rugs, following the old saying “use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”

The project for this class is an adaptation of a rug seen on the Internet that was at auction through Skinner Auctions. Unfortunately, there is no other information as to where it was created or the identity of the maker. The project rug, measuring 3" x 4", is done using French knots which give a very good scale “hooked rug” look. The focus of the class will be to learn and/or perfect the French knot stitch so they are uniform in size. There will also be discussion of design, color, resources and materials. All class materials will be provided.

time: 12 hours. While completion is unlikely, students will have all the instructions and materials to finish the project at home.

POWER TOOLS: None.

SKILL LEVEL: All levels.

MATERIALS FEE: $20 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Bob Hurd, Artisan
COURSE: Furniture Construction
PROJECT: Hall Tree with Storage

A hall tree is a piece of furniture, usually found in hallways or near the entryway of homes, on which people hang items such as hats, coats, or other clothing. They may have mirrors and spaces to store personal items. Many incorporate a bench to sit upon while putting on or taking off footwear. Access to the storage space below the bench can be through a hinged seat or from the front of the piece through doors or drawers. In some cases, the space underneath the seat may simply be open compartments. The hall tree is an excellent project for students who enjoy creating accessories such as a seat cushion, clothing or items such as boots and umbrellas that would normally be found in a home’s entryway.

The project for this class is a wooden hall tree with coat hooks, a bench seat, and drawers below the seat. The back is an arrangement of six panels and there are wings on the ends of the seat. Molding at the top and base complete the piece which sits on rectangular block feet.

Conventional construction methods including mortise and tenon joinery and rabbets will be used to make the piece. Students will make the metal coat hooks. The drawer pulls will be provided. The instructor will demonstrate the process used to duplicate the distressed finish on the prototype, but the final appearance of the hall tree will be determined by each student’s creativity.

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: table saw, drill press

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

MATERIALS FEE: $40 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Daniela Kiefhaber, Artisan
COURSE: Silver Sculpting
PROJECT: Silver Accessories in Art Clay

This class is ideal for you if you have ever wanted to try the possibilities of the new medium—silver clay for miniatures. When the silver clay is taken out of the package, it is a slightly moist lump of clay. The clay is then molded into its desired generic shape, and dried. Once the clay is completely dry it can then be filed, carved, and sanded; after which it is fired in a kiln. Once completely fired, the remaining piece is composed of 99.9% pure silver. Students will be encouraged to develop and work on their own accessories—from silver frames to vanity sets to cutlery. They will have the opportunity to use ready-made molds as well as to learn how to make their own molds. Creating with metal clay is always an adventure!

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: moto tool

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner and intermediate

MATERIALS FEE: $65 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Hiroyuki & Kyoko Kimura, Fellows
COURSE: Plant Making
PROJECT: Sedum

Students will create two kinds of sedum which will be planted in flower containers. The leaves are made from resin clay. The stems are made from a plastic bar. The plastic bar is heated and stretched to the appropriate shape and size. Students will learn the basic techniques needed to make these succulent plants. No special tools are required. The wooden, box container will be provided.

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely with some overtime.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: All levels

MATERIALS FEE: $42 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Miyuki Kobayashi, Artisan
COURSE: Clay Fish Making
PROJECT: Octopus Aquarium

(This class is FULL)

The octopus is very popular in Japan from a long time ago and recently, there are a lot of goods with the design of the octopus character. Students in this class will make an octopus aquarium that seems really alive. The contents of this class is very simple and there are not so many steps for making it. The most important point is how to make and express the movement as if it were alive. It is quite difficult to make the body and legs at one time within a limited time. The instructor will teach a good technique and ways to fix mistakes. Students must finish all steps in making the octopus and corals within four days because they need to pour the resin on Thursday. Students will then be able to have a relaxing time with their octopus in Friday.

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None.

SKILL LEVEL: All levels.

MATERIALS FEE: $48 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Tim Kraft, Artisan
COURSE: Soldering, LED’s and Lighting Techniques
PROJECT: Electric Techniques

Isn’t it time you shed some light on the wonderful miniatures you have collected and possibly made? 2018 is the year to light those dark rooms. This class is entry level, or a refresher course for those who have not soldered for a long period, or used LED’s.

Students will learn the proper techniques of wiring, from the wall outlet to the device to be lit. Special emphasis will be placed on proper soldering techniques and fixture installation. Some projects need to incorporate both incandescent bulbs and LED’s. Students will learn when, where, and what type of LED’s as well as tips on installation. They will be doing the basic wiring with tape wire but will see where hardwire has its application in the same project. Students will be working with an instructor supplied box. They can leave the box set-up with the LED’s they installed, for reference at home, or turn it into a vignette for those one or two special pieces made at school. Stop sharing your fabulous miniatures with friends by handing them that flashlight!

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner

MATERIALS FEE: $80 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Iulia Chin Lee, Artisan
COURSE: Turning a Wooden Box with Fitted Lid
PROJECT: Turned Bird Feeders

These bird feeders are ideal for an outdoor setting, either hanging in the garden or on the patio. The hint of birds coming to the feeders adds interest to scenes.

The construction of the bird feeder is a turned box with fitted lid. The main techniques to be taught are: turning basic conical, cylindrical shapes and variations of these shapes; making a fitted lid for a turned box; how to hollow by drilling turned objects on lathe; drilling on the side of the turned objects; finishing turnings on the lathe; and how to sand and apply the finish.

This course is a lovely introduction to basic techniques of lathe turning. Students will gain an understanding and familiarity with turning tools and their proper use. They will learn how to create different contours and shapes. Through practice, the students will be able to develop these skills, enabling them to create artistic pieces. They will be turning a great variety of woods, including some exotic wood.

time: 12-hours. Completion is likely

POWER TOOLS: lathe

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner and intermediate

MATERIALS FEE: $55 to be collected at school. Students need to have their own micro turning tools in class. Those who do not have tools may purchase them from the instructor for a fee of $150 for an English Sorby tool set or for a Chinese set for $75.

INSTRUCTOR: Marcia McClain, Artisan
COURSE: Upholstery
PROJECT: Knole Sofa

(This class is FULL)

The first known Knole sofa is a piece of furniture found at the Knole House in Sevenoaks, Kent, England, the home of Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset and Lord Chamberlain to the Stuart family. The Knole sofa there dates to 1640 and is the most prized furniture possession of a vast collection of furniture once used by the royal family. The sofa’s design of ratcheted arms has been modified over the years but remained as an influential design element for important homes.

You will find the Knole sofa making a comeback over the last few years and photographed for design magazines repeatedly. This sofa is the instructor’s own design, a graceful and elegant interpretation of a Knole sofa.

The fabric shown comes in six colors, the green being very limited presently. There are many other fabulous fabrics available. The instructor will work with each student to select a fabric and color to enhance their miniature setting prior to arriving in Castine for the Guild School. Students may bring their own fabric if they so wish, as long as it is 100% cotton or 100% silk of a medium weight.

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner

MATERIALS FEE: $35 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Cristina Minischetti, Fellow
COURSE: Polymer Clay Food
PROJECT: Drinks and Appetizers

It looks like the cocktail party has started: learn how to make a Martini, Margarita, Cuba Libre and more. Don't forget to serve them with some appetizers, as canapés with salmon, shrimp, eggs, caviar, cheese and olives.

Making these items students will learn how to use polymer clays with advanced techniques as: sculpting and creating different textures; simple and intermediate caning techniques; use of liquid clay as a decorating medium; coloring with chalks and acrylic paint; and use of epoxy resin to simulate liquids. The techniques and skills learned can be used in other miniature food projects.

Please note that the drinks decorations (citrus slices and olives on skewer) are not part of the class but will be provided by the teacher ready to use. The teacher will provide some tools together with all the accessories used in the project and highly detailed written directions to keep for future reference.

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely. Students unable to finish the project will have the necessary information to complete it on their own.

POWER TOOLS: None.

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate and advanced

MATERIALS FEE: $75 to be collected at school. There is an optional fee of $12 for the wooden tray with handles.

INSTRUCTOR: Cristina Minischetti, Fellow
COURSE: Polymer Clay Food
PROJECT: Birthday Party

(This class is FULL)

It's time to celebrate a birthday, with a colorful selection of sweets that can also be used individually for different projects. The set is made up of an iced layered cake decorated with multicolor confetti, lollipops, all sorts of liquorice and a jug filled with lemonade.

Making these items students will learn how to use polymer clays with advanced techniques such as: sculpting and creating different textures; simple and intermediate caning techniques; use of liquid clay as a decorating medium; use of epoxy resin to simulate liquids. The techniques and skills learned can be used in other miniature food projects. The teacher will provide some tools together with all the accessories used in the project and highly detailed written directions to keep for future reference.

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely. Students unable to finish the project will have the necessary information to complete it on their own.

POWER TOOLS: None.

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate and advanced

MATERIALS FEE: $60 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Mary Grady O’Brien, Fellow
COURSE: Painting and Sculpting
PROJECT: Fashion and Folk Art: Millinery Heads

Millinery heads can be both fashion and folk art. They were practical to display a bonnet or wig. Some of their features were quite plain while others were very detailed and glamorous. Often these were fashioned out of paper mâché and sometimes wood. Today they are considered very collectable, especially the antique forms.

The purpose of this class is three fold. Primarily, students will paint and decorate a fully constructed head of porcelain. Second, there will be instructions on how to construct these models. Oven-bake clay will be available in the classroom for those who would like to pursue designing one. Third, students will have a pattern, fabric cutouts and trim for a number of very simple, basic bonnets. These patterns and colors will no doubt influence color choice for the forms that students will be taking home. Everything needed for the class is covered in the class fee.

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None.

SKILL LEVEL: All levels.

MATERIALS FEE: $95 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Diane Paone, Artisan
COURSE: Metal and Polymer Clay
PROJECT: Collapsible Wire Egg Basket with Eggs

Form & Function meet in Kitchiana wire ware. The industrial revolution of the 1800s created a new aesthetic in wire ware. Items made of wire not only became a functional part of everyday life in both Europe and America but, they also created a new and beguiling art form.

In this class, students will create a folding wire basket with basic hand tools. They will have the satisfaction of making a complex basket which will be demystified by combining simple shapes they will create from straight wire. Students will also make chicken eggs for their basket from polymer clay, time permitting. In this step, students will learn tips on how to create realistic chicken eggs. In the event that time does not allow for this step, the teacher will provide eggs for each student.

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner

MATERIALS FEE: $35 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Pat Richards, Fellow
COURSE: Multi-Media
PROJECT: Small Colonial Trunk

In the 18th century, trunks of various shapes and sizes were used to store and carry personal goods from place to place. They usually consisted of a wooden frame covered with leather, metal or cloth and were sometimes decorated with brass tacks and/or shaped metal plates. The trunk that serves as inspiration for this class was made in England in the late 18th century and is covered with black leather, has a brass handle on the lid and small motifs in the corners outlined with brass tacks. It is lined with marbled paper and bears the makers’ label inside the lid. It is rather small in size, the finished dimensions of our trunk being 1 ½" W x 1" D x ½" H. It is a size that may have been used as a money box and time permitting, we will cut and wrap miniature bundles of faux colonial currency for storing/displaying in or out of the trunk.

time: 12 hours. While completion is unlikely, students will have the necessary information and materials to complete the project on their own.

POWER TOOLS: None.

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner.

MATERIALS FEE: $25 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Lidi Stroud, Artisan
COURSE: Basketry
PROJECT: Market Basket

(This class is FULL)

To market, to market! This basket can be filled with produce, or even the knitting and still look good.

Students will learn to lay an oval base using paper covered wire and waxed linen thread. Information will be given on how to expand or contract this same base to weave many other styles of baskets. Techniques students will learn are twining and 3-rod whale. They will learn to finish their basket with a bound border or a glued on border (student's choice) and work a decorative weave for the handle. This basket should measure approximately 1 ½" W x 1 ¼" D at the top (40mm x 30mm).

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner and intermediate. There is no need for any weaving experience but students will definitely need patience, attention to detail and good hand-eye coordination.

MATERIALS FEE: $20 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Yurkovic, Artisan
COURSE: Lathe Turning Plastics
PROJECT: Turned Table Lamp with Fabric Shade and Working Light

This classic table lamp was inspired by a lamp the instructor did for a room box commissioned for the TV personality Mindy Kaling. If you’re a fan of the show “The Mindy Project” you’ll see this lamp on a table behind her home office desk! This style table lamp would look great on any side table and students will be able to choose color combinations and fabric patterns for the shade of their choice.

The main body of the lamp will be turned in plastic with much of the turning done by hand. Students will learn how to use gravers for hand turning of plastic. This offers many options for doing their own variation on the turned form. The lamp base will be hand fabricated from styrene plastic, so they can either make it like the prototype, or introduce a variation of their own. The body of the lamp will be bored out to receive an LED lamp. Students will learn how to safely set-up the lathe and learn about appropriate cutting speeds for plastics. The lamp shade is made of real cloth and can be left white, be painted, or the student may use a printed fabric. Some options will be available, but if students have a nice fine print they’d like to use on their piece, please bring it to class. Students will also learn a simple, yet effective method for attaching the shade to the lamp. This makes the shade easily removable if they ever want to try another variation to match a particular room. The lamp will be wired and have an LED light source in warm white. This will make it compatible with the usual 12 volt systems used.

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: lathe

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

MATERIALS FEE: $40 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Yurkovic, Artisan
COURSE: Mold Making and Casting
PROJECT: Park Bench

(This class is FULL)

This classic park bench can be the centerpiece of any garden or patio setting. This design is one the instructor put together after looking at many different styles of benches; the goal being to try and capture the lines and proportions of something we may have all sat on at one point or another in a lovely garden or city park. The faux metallic finish of the legs and arm rests contrasts beautifully with the warmth of the hardwood seat. Notice the bolts securing the planks to the frame, and the worn patina on this well-loved resting place.

The “metal” arms and legs aren’t really metal at all, but are cast resin parts. Students will create molds and individually cast these pieces in class. Students will learn how to use RTV mold making rubber and will create their own molds. They will then use these molds to cast resin parts to create the ends of the bench. Urethane-casting resin will be used for these parts of the bench, and later students will paint and patina them to look like metal. Students will have several choices of colors and can also decide how much they want to patina their piece. The seat of the bench will be made of thin hardwood slats which will be hand-cut in class. The wood planks will then be embossed to simulate the metal fasteners holding the seat together. Students will then stain the wood. There will be several stain choices for darker or lighter wood tones. Students can also decide how much they want to “weather” the wood. The bench can appear fresh and new, or have more patina and apparent age.

time: 12 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None.

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner

MATERIALS FEE: $65 to be collected at school