Back to School?

Barrister's wig box, class project for Colonial Williamsburg Study Program instructor Patricia Richards.

Barrister’s wig box, class project for Colonial Williamsburg Study Program instructor Patricia Richards.

The kiddies are back in school, so what’s on the agenda for you and me? The next educational opportunity on the IGMA calendar is the Study Program in Williamsburg, Virginia in January of 2014. Colonial Williamsburg has hosted a Guild Study Program every January for many years now for several reasons, not least of which are its extensive museum holdings and numerous historic buildings which provide a seemingly unending supply of inspiration for class projects.

I was offered an opportunity to teach at the program this year, and thought I might take the opportunity to

Tea table, class project for Colonial Williamsburg Study Program instructor Dick Hardy.

Tea table, class project for Colonial Williamsburg Study Program instructor Dick Hardy.

explore the construction of the many small boxes that were used for pantry items and various other storage needs over the last 300 hundred years. While searching the collection, I came across photos of a wig box, and the 19th century barrister’s wig it was made to protect. I had found my inspiration.

Dick Hardy and Mark Murphy, both superlative woodworking instructors have chosen lovely pieces

Apothecary chest, class project for Colonial Williamsburg Study Program instructor Mark Murphy.

Apothecary chest, class project for Colonial Williamsburg Study Program instructor Mark Murphy.

from the furniture collections, and Diane Almeyda, will be focusing on metal working with her choice of a folk art rooster weathervane for her class project.

Registration for these classes is open to both IGMA members and nonmembers until November 1, when a drawing will be held for any classes that are over subscribed. Any spaces remaining after November 1st, will be filled on a first come, first served basis up until the weekend of January 17-20, 2014 when the program is scheduled to take place. Three of the four classes are

Rooster weather vane, class project for Colonial Williamsburg Study Program instructor Diane Almeyda.

Rooster weather vane, class project for Colonial Williamsburg Study Program instructor Diane Almeyda.

rated for any skill┬álevels, Mark Murphy’s class being a little more labor intensive asks that students have some familiarity with woodworking tools and processes.

Program fees include 18 hours of instruction, Friday and Saturday night dinners and graduation luncheon, admission to Colonial Williamsburg attractions and presentations by Colonial Williamsburg curators of class project originals where possible.

Please visit www.igma.org for more information.

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