2018 Guild School

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

36 Hour Classes

Pete Acquisto - English Teapot, circa 1771–72
Ursula Dyrbye-Skovsted - Lavish Metal Flower Centerpiece (FULL)
Elizabeth Gazmuri, - 18th Century Chippendale Chair (FULL)
Carol Hardy - Philadelphia Dressing Table, circa 1720 (FULL)
Peter Kendall - Two Colonial Interiors
Elga Koster - William and Mary Card Table
Johannes Landman - Painting of a Peacock (FULL)
Mark Murphy - Japanese Tea Chest (FULL)
Jeanne Rullie - “Sophisticated Shopper”

INSTRUCTOR: Pete Acquisto, Fellow
COURSE: Silversmithing and Machine Work
PROJECT: English Teapot, circa 1771–72

This beautiful classic teapot, approximately ¾" tall, with it's mostly straight lines will make an excellent project for beginner to intermediate students to turn the parts of the teapot and apply the beading with relative ease. Students will also work with ebony wood on the lathe to make the knob. The handle will be cut out by students using a jeweler’s saw and a pattern that will be provided. Then it will be shaped and refined using the flex shaft and finishing tools. Students will also learn basic soldering techniques and how to solder silver parts together. The mill will be used to position the handle and the spout. Finally, students will learn finishing techniques using the flex shaft and buffing machine to put a beautiful shine on their teapot.

time: 36 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: Lathe, flex shaft, buffing machine, mill

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner and intermediate. This class is designed for the student with no experience who wants to learn to operate the lathe and flex shaft machines. However, more intermediate students will enjoy using this class to refine their skills.

MATERIALS FEE: $120 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Ursula Dyrbye-Skovsted, Artisan
COURSE: Metal Work
PROJECT: Lavish Metal Flower Centerpiece

(This class is FULL)

A wonderful example of American vernaculaMaking metal flowers is FUN! Imagine dinner at a fine manor house! You are walking into the grand dining hall. All the candles are lit, the table is set and the first thing you see is the lavish metal flower centerpiece, created by master craftsmen. The pride of the table. That is what we will be making in this class!

Making artificial flowers in different mediums has been popular throughout history—glass, porcelain, silk, paper, dough, clay and metal. At museums we can see the amazing craft, the details and colors. Some are true to nature, and some are pure imagination. In this class students will make metal flowers and compose them into a bouquet that will amaze all the guests in the miniature dining hall. Students will build the centerpiece from brass wire and shim. Multiple techniques will be taught, like metal-cutting, bending, shaping, engraving, casting, soldering and painting. Specially made jigs and a doming block will be provided by the instructor. The techniques used in this class can be transferred to future miniature work. Students will have a choice of many different flowers and can make their own arrangement or work from a plan provided in class.

This is a demanding class with a lot of fun work. There will be lots of possibilities for individual artistic creativity in the creation of the centerpiece.

time: 36 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: table saw, drill press, moto tool.

SKILL LEVEL: All levels. This is a class everyone can enjoy and learn from. No special skills are required prior to class, but some knowledge of working with small objects is preferred. This is a class with a lot of delicate parts. Good hand-eye coordination is crucial to finishing this project.

MATERIALS FEE: $65 to be collected at school. Optional purchases include a doming block specially made for class for $50 and embossing tools for flower shaping for $10. Students may bring a vessel of their own choice for the project or buy one from the instructor at class for about $20.

INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Gazmuri, Fellow
COURSE: Furniture Construction
PROJECT: 18th Century Chippendale Chair

(This class is FULL)

In the last half of the 18th century, Asian, Gothic, and French Rococo designs blended to become what is known as the Chippendale style. Chairs in this style are known for having seats formed of straight lines, an outward flare at the top of the rear legs, sharply articulated ball and claw feet, and back splats with intricately intertwined pierced patterns.

The focus of this class is the woodworking techniques required for the construction of one chair. More advanced students, at their own discretion, are welcomed to make a pair at no extra cost. The rear legs will be cut by machine, mortises routed, and then refined by hand. Chair rails and their tenons will be cut by machine. The rear seat rail and crest rail will partially be shaped by hand and routed to accept the back splat. Cabriole legs terminating in ball and claw feet will be rough shaped by machine and refined by hand. Step-bystep instruction of the carving of the feet and the shell on the crest rail will be carefully explained. The back splat is partially machine-pierced; then hand-shaped.

Stain and final finish will be discussed and available for use in the classroom. The necessary carving tools will be provided and may be purchased from the instructor if a student so chooses.

Soft leather will be provided for the drop-in seat. Students may also choose to upholster the seat in a fabric of their selection. This piece lends itself nicely to a stitched seat cover.

time: 36 hours. While completion is unlikely, students will have all the instructions and materials to finish the project on their own. Due to the amount of handwork this piece requires, completion depends entirely upon the individual. The instructor believes handwork should be done in a relaxed manner at one’s own pace.

POWER TOOLS: table saw, scroll saw, drill press, shaper

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate and advanced. Previous experience with successful carving and shaping of wood is helpful, but not required.

MATERIALS FEE: $80 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Carol Hardy, Fellow
COURSE: Furniture Construction
PROJECT: Philadelphia Dressing Table, circa 1720

(This class is FULL)

Students will enjoy constructing this 18th century dressing table that has distinctive features found only on Philadelphia furniture; notably, the elegant turned balusters with the flaring trumpet shape and enlarged rings on the feet that are fitted to cross-stretchers. This beautifully proportioned table will be constructed of fine cherry with secondary woods for the single dovetailed drawer. There is an applied cavetto molding above the drawer opening, and double-beaded moldings surround the bottom and two sides of the drawer front.

Construction techniques and joinery will be emphasized in the class. Instruction will be given on operating each power tool and in accurate measuring with calipers. Students will duplicate every aspect of the table, including the turned balusters and feet, tenoned cross-stretchers intersecting with a half-lap joint, and a dovetail-joined drawer on runners. Finishing techniques will be discussed and applied if time permits. Hardware will then be applied to the drawer. Detailed instructions with measured drawings and historical information will be provided for each phase of construction.

time: 36 hours. While completion is unlikely, students will have the necessary information to complete the project on their own.

POWER TOOLS: table saw, scroll saw, lathe, moto tool, drill press, shaper

SKILL LEVEL: All levels

MATERIALS FEE: $85 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Peter Kendall, Fellow
COURSE: Structure
PROJECT: Two Colonial Interiors

The class project will be portions of interiors of two 18th century historic American rooms. Each will have two walls and interior measurements of 10" W x 7" D x 10" H. Plexiglas will cover the other two walls and the top. The interiors will be mirror images, to be balanced when placed next to each other on a shelf or table.

One interior is the Marlboro room, a parlor from a 1762 Maryland house, now at Winterthur Museum. The most prominent features are the brick fireplace with verdigris marble surround and fully paneled walls. Students will create the fireplace bricks from basswood, using acrylic paints and other substances. They will also faux marble the beveled surround pieces; rout the rails, stiles and beveled panels; and make the aged pine floor, mopboard, chair rail and cornice.

The second interior is a small second floor study in the 18th century Governor’s Palace in Williamsburg, VA, a reconstructed structure after the original was destroyed by fire. This is a more utilitarian room, having raised panels at the bottom of the walls and plaster walls above the chair rail. In addition to the rails, stiles, and beveled panels, students will make the floor, baseboard, chair rail and cornice.

time: 36 hours. Completion is likely with overtime.

POWER TOOLS: table saw, shaper

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

MATERIALS FEE: $290 to be collected in advance of school

INSTRUCTOR: Elga Koster, Artisan
COURSE: Furniture Construction
PROJECT: William and Mary Card Table

This card table was designed by the instructor after studying quite a few examples from the late 1600’s to early 1700’s. It has a beautiful oyster veneered top that is typical of the time period and swing out candlestick holders. The two central back legs fold out to support the table top in the open position. The inside surfaces of the table leaves are lined with velvet that represents the baize fabric that they used back then. The table has a dovetailed drawer for playing card storage. Each student will be provided with three different sets of antique playing cards printed on acid free archival paper.

The legs will be turned with a duplicator on the lathe. Students will use milling machines to pin rout all the curved pieces as well as for milling mortises and tenons. Students will learn how to mill blind dovetails in the drawer front and cutting them by hand on the two side pieces. Accurate assembly will be vital for this table with its demilune front and gate legs. Jigs will be provided to aid in the process. Students will be able to make up their own design for the oyster veneered top and the edges of the table leaves will also be veneered. Students will also learn how to install the hinges and the drawer pull. They will use cherry wood and South African yellowwood for the main construction of the table. The twigs we will use for the oyster veneered top is from a South African shrub growing in the instructor’s garden. The velvet fabric will be provided. Students who wish to do so can insert a petitpoint panel instead.

time: 36 hours. Completion is likely with some overtime.

POWER TOOLS: table saw, scroll saw, lathe, flex shaft, drill press, shaper

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate.

MATERIALS FEE: $90 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Johannes Landman, Artisan
COURSE: Oil on Panel
PROJECT: Painting of a Peacock

(This class is FULL)

This course introduces techniques to increase students’ ability to master the use of color and tone to complete an ink drawing and then apply their skills to complete a painting in oil of a beautiful peacock. Students will learn how to adhere silk to a panel and coat it with gesso. This will give a similar surface texture to scaled linen. Students will complete a preliminary sketch in light pencil followed by a pen and ink on paper drawing. They will repeat the sketch on the panel for the subsequent painting. This course will build on the principles of: panel preparation with silk; practice sketch of the peacock; under painting; type of brush strokes, for example scumbling and glazing; and alla prima (direct painting).

time: 36 hours. Completion is likely.


SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate. Students should have a working familiarity with oil painting and have some experience with simple color mixing and other basic painting skills.

MATERIALS FEE: $197 to be collected at school. The material fee includes high quality paints and brushes. Students will receive a custom made Panel Holder, Glass Palette and Hand Rest. These are made by the instructor for each student to use in class and take home after. It will not only make a big difference in creating paintings in this class but help with future projects. As the materials fee is an estimate, if the cost ends up to be less, the fee will be adjusted at the class.

INSTRUCTOR: Mark Murphy, Fellow
COURSE: Furniture Construction
PROJECT: Japanese Tea Chest

(This class is FULL)

This class is designed for the beginner that would like to learn the basic construction details for Japanese tea chests. This tea chest (cha-dansu) was made in the Meiji period (1868–1912). It has very pleasing proportions and an asymmetrical design, so common on Japanese pieces. The piece has three drawers, three sets of sliding doors (one set with wood panels, one with fabric covered panels and one with glass) and one pin-hinged door.

The main focus of this class is on the case construction and building the paneled doors and drawers. The important part about the construction of this piece is to be very accurate in cutting all of the mortices and slots for the sliding doors and so that everything lines up perfectly. There will be extensive use of the overhead shaper.

Students will also make and apply the hardware to the doors and drawers and learn how to cut and install the glass into the sliding doors. When all of this is complete students will stain and finish their piece with the instructor’s aging glaze.

time: 36 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: table saw, shaper, drill press


MATERIALS FEE: $75 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Jeanne Rullie, Artisan
COURSE: 1/12 Scale Doll Making in Polymer Clay
PROJECT: “Sophisticated Shopper”

There is a famous saying, that one can never be, “too rich or too thin.” This Sophisticated Shopper is the epitome of that statement. This class is for a 1/12 scale polymer clay doll of a woman with a snobbish expression in a faux leopard coat with a real fur collar, cloche hat and purse.

Students will begin by making “studies” of the lips, nose and ears in polymer clay to be used as examples for sculpting the face of their doll. The students will then make a clay impression from the instructor’s mold. The mold is of a basic woman’s face without expression or eyes and will be used in this class to save time, keep all dolls in scale and alignment of the features true. The instructor will then work with students to bring these simple faces to life by developing character and expression with additional sculpting. The eyes and ears will then be added and at this point it is assured that each doll will be unique and one of a kind.

The hands will be made with colored polymer clay to represent leather gloves. Techniques for making the gloves appear to have wrinkles and folds will be taught. The hands will be entirely free sculpted, as will the legs and shoes. Once all the parts are complete and wired, the instructor will work with the students to create balance, allowing the doll to stand independently. Painting with genesis paints will be an involved process requiring several steps with emphasis on painting the eyes.

Working from the instructor’s pattern for the dress and coat, with provided fabric and fur, students will costume the doll in a sophisticated style. Hats will be shaped on a mold, fitted to the doll and decorated with trim. A simple purse will be made to complete the look.

time: 36 hours. Completion is likely.


SKILL LEVEL: Beginner. There are many steps to completion for this doll but it should be possible for a serious beginner to have success in this class. Experience with polymer clay is suggested. Delicate hand painting and some hand sewing is required. Please be aware that recycled animal fur will be used in the classroom. Faux fur will be available; however, if you have fur allergies, this may not be the class for you.

MATERIALS FEE: $70 to be collected at school