2019 Guild School

June 8-14, 2019     Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine

24 Hour Classes

INSTRUCTOR: Diane Almeyda, Artisan
COURSE: Metal Work and Enameling
PROJECT: Filigree Fan-Shaped Fire Screen

Stained glass can be decorative as well as useful. Needless to say, it is also beautiful! Learn the secrets of creating miniature stained glass utilizing an enameling technique called plique-a-jour. This art form was popular in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s and used extensively in the exquisite jewelry of Rene Lalique, Faberge, and Tiffany. Since that time it is rarely seen and practiced by few. Often referred to as the “tour de force” of enameling, it is a perfect way to replicate and/or create impressive and beautiful pieces of miniature stained glass.

The process begins by using fine silver wires of varying thicknesses to form the frame work and, using a jeweler’s torch, then solder it together. Ground glass is then applied to the openings and melted in a kiln at 1400F. This technique lends itself to designs resembling smaller versions of the wonderful cathedral windows of earlier times. But that’s just the beginning! Students can use their imagination and incorporate their stained glass piece of art in a fire screen, window, or perhaps, in a piece of furniture. Many different settings can show off the artwork!

In addition to learning silver soldering (high temperature with a torch), students will also learn how to prepare and apply enamels, as well as learn finishing techniques to complete the resulting enamel work of art.

time: 24 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: flex shaft

SKILL LEVEL: All levels. Steady hands, fine eye/hand motor skills, and good eyesight (with magnification is fine) will ensure success. There is no sawing required in this class.

MATERIALS FEE: $85 to be collected in advance of school. A tool for applying enamel will be provided for use in class. Students have the option of purchasing this tool for $20.

INSTRUCTOR: Pete and Pam Boorum, Artisans
COURSE: Furniture Construction
PROJECT: New England Dressing Table, circa 1820–1840

This charming dressing table combines urban design influences with the individuality of rural expression to create a very pleasing piece. Many New England cabinetmakers of the early 19th century contrasted light and dark woods in a single piece of furniture to create a dramatic effect. This piece uses birdseye maple drawers against a mahogany background. Of particular note are the exuberantly scrolled back splash, Sheraton style turned legs with corn-cob detail, a serpentine-shaped front and sides and an attached accessory box with a bow-front drawer.

There will be many different skills and techniques addressed in this class: duplicate turning of the legs and columns, corn-cob patterning on the turnings, creating the serpentine and curved case elements, cutting with the jeweler’s saw, making and applying bead molding, staining and finishing.

time: 24 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: table saw, lathe, drill press

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner and intermediate

MATERIALS FEE: $80 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Phyllis Hawkes, Fellow
COURSE: Folk Art Oil Painting
PROJECT: “Young Girl with Flowers”

Paint this lovely portrait of a child, Young Girl with Flowers, by Samuel Miller, a New England artist, born in Boston in 1806. Miller produced many charming and colorful paintings in and around Boston and was considered one of the best portrait artists of the day. It is a shame he painted at just the time when the daguerreotype had been invented (1836) and portraiture was beginning to die out, although he continued to have success until his death in 1860.

In this class students will learn traditional oil painting and glazing techniques, brush handling, color mixing, shading and blending with special study and demonstrations on children’s faces. They will also learn to paint basic roses and lace through observing demonstrations of these techniques.

The original painting is approximately 24 x 36 inches and hangs in the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. Our painting will be approximately 2" wide x 3" high on a gessoed board. Students will approach the work in a step-by-step fashion, beginning with transferring the image and initial color-blocking to adding levels of detail each day. They will be amazed at the results this technique produces, especially keeping in mind that this is folk painting and total perfection is not required. A thin frame for displaying the work is included.

Although photography had been invented, Miller’s paintings, which exude the forthright charm that we have come to associate with folk art, remained popular for many years.

time: 24 hours. Completion is likely.


SKILL LEVEL: All levels. Some experience using a paint brush is helpful.

MATERIALS FEE: $70 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Iulia Chin Lee, Artisan
COURSE: Vase-Hollowing
PROJECT: Bi-Color Vase

A natural progression from the basic turning technique of vase-hollowing in wood, this class will focus on achieving desired shapes through the joining of different vase pieces. This will be accomplished through the utilization of turned mortise and tenon joints. Students will be instructed on the proper use of specialized hollowing tools (created by Harmony Water) which will allow them to make the precision cuts necessitated by the vase’s deceptive intricacy. These custom tools will be provided in class with an option to purchase.

The class will begin with an introduction/review of basic spindle-turning to allow students to accustom themselves to the tools and materials. Once the students are comfortable with the cutting implements and the methods, they will learn how to cut the vase neck, shape the body and hollow the vase. Finally, students will develop and fine tune the technique required to create turned mortise and tenon joints. This precise, multi-purpose application will allow students to seamlessly transform three individual pieces into one beautiful final product. Vases will be made out of mahogany, cherry, maple and exotic woods.

time: 24 hours. Completion is likely.


SKILL LEVEL: This is an intermediate class. Prior wood-turning experience is necessary.

MATERIALS FEE: $40 to be collected at school. Those who do not have turning tools may purchase them from the instructor. The high quality Sorby turning tool set is $150.

INSTRUCTOR: Deb Mackie, Artisan
COURSE: Leather Crafting
PROJECT: Tooled Leather Luggage Set

By the 1920s as the middle class began to travel more, smaller pieces of luggage replaced the heavy steamer trunks that once dominated travel by the wealthy. Suitcases became more popular and easier to handle. Many were soft or hard sided leather, some with elaborate embossed patterns. Modern luggage with the richness of tooled leather is still available today at premium prices.

Students will construct three pieces of leather-covered luggage—a large and small suitcase and a hat box. Each piece will be covered with thin leather and lined with paper or fabric. Straps, trim and hardware will be added along with a panel of tooled leather in the center top of each. Students can follow the sample tooling pattern, or design their own using the instructor’s large collection of leather stamps. Various techniques will be taught, such as tooling, embossing, faux stitching and skiving (thinning the leather). They can choose from several colors of leather dye to complete their own customized set.

time: 24 hours. Completion is likely, depending on skill level. Beginners may need time outside class hours to complete the project.


SKILL LEVEL: All levels. This is a fun, laid-back class. Beginners are welcome. No leather experience necessary!

MATERIALS FEE: $65 to be collected at school. All materials will be provided. Specialized leather tools will be available for use during class and available for students to purchase if they wish to keep them. A list of other basic tools will be available for students to acquire before class.

INSTRUCTOR: Chris Malcomson, Artisan
COURSE: Furniture Construction/Marquetry
PROJECT: William and Mary Chest of Drawers, circa 1690

This class is FULL.

This lovely chest is made of ebony and walnut and covered in fine handmade marquetry. Students will first make the chest before moving onto the veneering and marquetry. The instructor will be teaching a variety of different techniques which can transform the simplest of furniture into something spectacular.

time: 24 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: scroll saw, flex shaft, drill press

SKILL LEVEL: All levels. The workshop is suitable for anyone with a keen eye for detail and lots of enthusiasm.

MATERIALS FEE: $50 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Mary Grady O’Brien, Fellow
COURSE: Folk Art Painting
PROJECT: Hanging Wall Box with Companion Picture Frame

It is not often that there is so much history on two related folk art objects. The instructor was attracted by the design and the color combination which reminded her of Pennsylvania red ware. The artist, George Robert Lawton Jr. along with his father were known for their artistic tradition where they lived and farmed in Rhode Island. In 1856 the family migrated to New Hope, Wisconsin, continued their artistic pursuits and became prominent in the community.

A granddaughter related that the wall box was “used for sewing implements and looked Pennsylvania Dutch.” The bird pattern and vines are gracefully repetitious and typical of country painting. The frame uses the same color palette and consists of hearts, flowers and dots. It could be used as a mirror or perhaps your own painting?

Students will be using oil paints in this class. All their needs will be provided in the classroom. It is the instructor’s hope that students will pick up new skills and return home with greater appreciation and curiosity about folk art and have the confidence to design their own future projects. Folk art is forgiving and students are encouraged to be pleased with their own unique creation.

time: 24 hours. Completion is likely.


SKILL LEVEL: All levels should be comfortable.

MATERIALS FEE: $100 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Lidi Stroud, Artisan
COURSE: Basketry
PROJECT: Lidded Picnic Basket

The weaving process in making this basket in miniature is essentially the same as for a normal-sized basket. Students will learn how to construct the rings to form the framework of the basket; construct and weave a “bridge” on which to attach the lids; work a firm four-point lashing or God’s Eye to hold the rings together at their intersection; and insert the ribs required to shape the basket. They will learn packing/filling techniques; how to construct and weave the lids; and weave a decorative handle. This is a challenging basket to make but when finished, will be very satisfying.

time: 24 hours. Completion is likely.


SKILL LEVEL: Beginner and intermediate. There is no need for any weaving experience, but students will need a lot of patience, attention to detail and excellent hand-eye co-ordination as there is no form for this basket.

MATERIALS FEE: $20 to be collected at school