2019 Guild School

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

36 Hour Classes

Pete Acquisto - 18th Century English Tankard
Nell Corkin - 1:144 Scale “She Shed”
Ursula Dyrbye-Skovsted - French Candelabra
Beth Freeman-Kane, - “Ratatouille and Friends” (FULL)
Carol Hardy - Nuremberg Kitchen (FULL)
Bob Hurd - Sewing Cabinet with Barley Twist Legs (FULL)
Tine Krijnen - Bookbinding and Gold/Silver Tooling (FULL)
Mark Murphy - Step-Back Cupboard (FULL)
Jeanne Rullie - Toy Maker
Troy Schmidt - Wheel-Thrown Ceramics (FULL)

INSTRUCTOR: Pete Acquisto, Fellow
COURSE: Silversmithing and Machining
PROJECT: 18th Century English Tankard

The tankard will make an excellent project for the lathe. Students will turn the body of the tankard and the lid using attachments to cut the simple curves. Students will cut the handle and thumb rest using a jeweler’s saw. Then they will use the flex shaft machine and polishing wheels to refine the shapes. The milling machine will be used as well to position the handle and to make the hinge. The flex shaft machine will be used to polish the silver tankard to a beautiful finish.

time: 36 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: lathe, milling machine, flex shaft, buffing machine

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner and intermediate

MATERIALS FEE: $110 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Nell Corkin, Fellow
COURSE: Small Scale Structure/Mixed Media
PROJECT: 1:144 Scale “She Shed”

Conceived as the feminine answer to the Man Cave, the She Shed trend is here to stay. These little backyard hideaways provide a cozy, relaxed space to unwind for some alone time with a cup of tea, work on a creative project, or maybe curl up with a good book. Every She Shed has special touches that make it a unique reflection of its creator.

This class will offer students the opportunity to learn a wide variety of techniques for working in 1:144 scale. Special emphasis will be placed on methods developed by the instructor to achieve a high level of detail as well as a realistic look in this small scale. Students may choose to duplicate the prototype, but may also choose their own paint colors if they wish, and arrange the interior to reflect their individual taste. With a slight change of details, this could even become a “He Hut.” Radical departures from the prototype furnishings won’t be practical during class, but some variation will be possible. 

Students will construct the cottage from 1/32" plywood, build the large window, deck and roof supports from strip materials and finish a purchased “N” scale casting for the door. They will finish both the interior and exterior, using gesso, and paint in their choice of colors. They will finish the roof with paper shake shingles and add weathering effects using colored pencils.

The interior furnishings will be made from modified resin castings and scratch built from strip materials and brass etched parts. Like the exterior, these may be finished to match the prototype, or in the student’s choice of colors. 

The landscape will be created using a variety of materials, with emphasis on creating a natural appearance as well as composing the design of the landscape to enhance the structure.

The instructor will be in contact with each student before school to make sure materials needed to create their desired version will be available during class. Students completing the She Shed will have gained knowledge of materials and methods for working on their own 1:144 scale projects; and many of the techniques learned can be used for working in other small scales.

time: 36 hours. Completion is possible. Students who may not finish during class will have the materials and information they need to complete the project at home.


SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate. Some experience with accurate measuring and cutting will be helpful.

MATERIALS FEE: $80 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Ursula Dyrbye-Skovsted, Artisan
COURSE: Metal Work
PROJECT: French Candelabra

These elaborate candelabrum (yes, that is plural for candelabra) originate from France and were gifts to the church from local families in connection with a birth, wedding, harvest, funeral or any other important event. The size (3, 5, 7 or more candles) and amount of decoration on the candelabra would show the size of gratitude, religious devotion and wealth that the family possessed. This tradition went on from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.

All decorations are symbols—the lilies, vine leaves, the vase or foot, the glass/porcelain and the brass/bronze. Some candelabrum have roses, grain or grapes. Some even have precious stones where the colors have symbolic value.

During the 20th century the French church started selling some of their candelabrum and that is why we find them in markets, cafes and private homes. Now they are very popular and getting harder to buy. But here, students can make their own!

Students will have the choice of making a three, five or seven arm candelabra. The more candles, the more decor! Our candelabra will be made from brass—shim, rods, wire and some flowers. Students will cut, shape and solder the flowers and leaves. The foot and stem of the candelabra is shaped and soldered. Students will cast some parts; others will be pre-cast in brass. The candelabra will get a coat of patina with bronze paint.

This class will be busy and fun with lots of tiny parts and detailing. Heaven for a miniaturist!

At the end students will “light” the candelabra with candles.

time: 36 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: table saw, moto tool, drill press

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate. Some knowledge of metalwork and working with very 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: $85 to be collected at school. A doming block, specially made for this class, can be purchased for an additional fee of $55 (these will be provided for use in class). There is an optional fee for a variety of candles or students can make them in class.

INSTRUCTOR: Beth Freeman-Kane, Fellow
COURSE: Box Frame Composition
PROJECT: “Ratatouille and Friends”

This class is FULL.

 This is an opportunity to be fully immersed in 36 hours of magic! Those who know this instructor’s work, know that “vermin in the kitchen” is a recurring theme—quirky and somehow very endearing to her. First, students will construct the basic kitchen shelf framework and then build the scene bit by bit. This scene contains eight creatures (all castings provided) plus a butterfly, an assortment of kitchen objects, and some flowers.

However, students will be sculpting with polymer—vegetables, eggs and hollow shells as well as any of the creatures students wish to try on their own. The ultimate magic and skill students will learn is the acrylic painting techniques that bring it all to life. The completed project will be professional looking, fully framed and ready to hang on the wall when they get home!

time: 36 hours. Completion is expected and enjoyment is guaranteed.

POWER TOOLS: moto tool

SKILL LEVEL: All levels

MATERIALS FEE: $65 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Carol Hardy, Fellow
COURSE: Room Box Construction
PROJECT: Nuremberg Kitchen

This class is FULL.

Nuremberg Kitchens from Germany were charming and ever popular from the 17th to 20th centuries. The floors were often painted in checkerboard patterns and continuous shelves displaying pots, pans, plates and utensils lined the walls. Usually poultry pens with chickens were in residence and straw littered the floor. Cabinets and “hearths for open fires” all added great charm to these room settings which were used as learning toys for young girls.

These kitchens were of simple construction; so simple joinery of rabbets and dados will be used to create the furnishings. Students will construct a three-wall kitchen, 15" wide x 9½" deep x 8½" high, and create a stenciled, painted or stained floor. They will choose their own colors, and bring their acrylic paints to class to make it their own unique kitchen. A syllabus of instructions will be provided, which will include patterns for all furniture options. Among their choices are: a corner stove with flue or a stove with flue centrally located on the back wall, cabinets, hutch, counter top, wall shelving, plate rack and a chicken pen. Hardware will be applied to doors and duplicator lathes will be available for turning the knobs.

The instructor will have a wide variety of Nuremberg kitchen pictures and books for inspiration in creating these kitchens. Wood and hardware will be supplied for construction of the box and furnishings. Students are encouraged to bring their collection of tin, brass, copper, wood, and porcelain to fill their kitchens. The accessories may be in 1"=1' scale or larger; scale was not a priority in these kitchens. This will be a fun, creative class where everyone’s kitchen will no doubt be their very own unique color and design.

time: 36 hours. Completion is unlikely. However, students will have the necessary information and materials 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: $240 to be collected at school, includes room box and materials for all interior furnishings—stove, shelving and furniture

INSTRUCTOR: Bob Hurd, Artisan
COURSE: Furniture Construction
PROJECT: Sewing Cabinet with Barley Twist Legs

This class is FULL.

A sewing cabinet is a piece of furniture that is used to store, organize and protect threads, fabrics, sewing tools and implements. The project selected for the class can be used for its intended purpose or as a unique storage piece for other items.

The legs have a double barley twist and the stretchers have a single barley twist. This class is an opportunity to learn how to make two types of barley twists in addition to making the decorative elements which include the shaped edges on the lower sides and front of the storage section. The top, front, sides and back are all made with flat panels. The panel on the top is in a mitered frame. There is a single drawer in the lower section of the front. The drawer and upper front panel have wooden knobs. The interior under the hinged top contains storage compartments. Traditional construction methods including mortise and tenon joinery and rabbets, will be used to make the cabinet and drawer.

A goal of this class is to enhance the student’s ability to use hand tools and power tools proficiently and safely. Hand tools to be used include files, miter box, and jeweler’s saw.

time: 36 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: table saw, drill press, lathe, disc sander

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

MATERIALS FEE: $60 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Tine Krijnen, Artisan
COURSE: Graphical Design and Finishing
PROJECT: Bookbinding and Gold/Silver Tooling

This class is FULL.

This class gives students the opportunity to learn how to make lovely books to fill their dollhouses; from simple books with an illustrated cover to leather-covered books with flutes/ribs on the spine. Students will be using from simple to more intricate techniques of bookbinding. In addition to these techniques students will learn to design elaborate covers, when tooling gold and silver foil.

Tooling gold/silver on covers will be an integrated part of this class. Decorating ornaments or titles on a different colored shield on ultra-thin leather for the covers will be taught with heated tools. For heating, students will use an upside down iron installed in a wooden crate. Besides a single ornament holder, students will learn how to work with “Simon,” an ornament holder that can hold bigger ornaments and words formed with separate letters.

The class will start with an explanation of the basic knowledge of binding books for beginning students and as a refresher for advanced students. Halfway through the week students will learn how to make a hand-sewn book using a sewing frame specially created for making small books. The frame and heating tools and ornaments will be provided by the instructor for use during class.

Students will work at their own pace on their books, receiving personal coaching and instruction.

For the hand-sewn book there will be a choice of three titles: The Tulip Book (1637), Short Lessons in Bookbinding (1658), or The World Atlas, Mappe-Monde (1700). At the end of the class students will have the completed hand-sewn tooled book, a lot of beautifully tooled blank books, and the knowledge to continue bookmaking at home.

time: 36 hours. Completion is likely.


SKILL LEVEL: Students of all levels will have pleasing results. Steady, firm hands and good eyesight ensures an even better result.

MATERIALS FEE: $85 to be collected at school. Additional tools, ornaments and printed sheets to make other books will be offered for an optional fee.

INSTRUCTOR: Mark Murphy, Fellow
COURSE: Furniture Construction
PROJECT: Step-Back Cupboard

This class is FULL.

This Dutch step-back cupboard was made in Pennsylvania, circa 1780–1800. Because of its large size it will be a wonderful display piece for a collection of pottery, pewter, painted boxes, etc. The piece will be constructed in cherry and can be finished in a natural wood finish or in a painted and aged finish.

The basic construction of the upper and lower cases are rather simple and straightforward; it is in the making and applying of the details that most of the skills will be learned. Students will construct the upper and lower case pieces, make all of the moldings, construct the drawers, lower paneled and upper glazed doors and make the ogee feet. They will learn how to apply the hinges on the doors and mount the glass in the two upper doors and the one stationary center glazed section.

When students have completed the construction of the piece, they will learn the instructor’s finishing techniques. Because of the drying time needed between each of the finishing processes most of this will be completed at home.

time: 36 hours. Completion of all the construction of the piece is likely with some finishing work to be completed at home.

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

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

MATERIALS FEE: $85 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Jeanne Rullie, Artisan
COURSE: Doll Making
PROJECT: Toy Maker

This 1/12 scale, seated character doll is made to look like Geppetto the Toy Maker. Dressed in this old world style, he could easily work as a clock maker, cobbler or tailor. Students will work with polymer clay to make “studies” of the lips, nose and ears to be cured and used as examples of sculpting the face of their doll which will be pressed from the instructor’s 1/12 scale molds. All molds are of a basic man’s face with no expression or eyes. These will be used to save time and to keep all dolls in scale. The instructor will work with students to bring these basic faces to life and to develop character and expression. Eyes will be inserted in the soft clay and cured. Then ears will be applied. The hands including fingernails, knuckles and veining and the legs will be free sculpted. No molds will be used. Shoes will then be sculpted over the feet using colored polymer clays.

The dolls will be painted with Genesis paints using the instructor’s technique for achieving realistic skin tones and the eyes will be painted to enhance the expression. This is an involved process with multiple curing times. Once all parts are complete the dolls will be wired and prepared for costuming.

The instructor will discuss fabric selection and provide materials and patterns. Students will make the hat and arrange its draping. Students will also learn how to apply the eyebrows and mustache. The instructor's favorite sculpting tool will be available to borrow for the sculpting process. Students should bring a chair for their doll to sit on. Time will not allow for the making of Pinocchio, but the instructor will provide the pattern and directions for students interested in making a puppet.

time: 36 hours. Completion is likely.



MATERIALS FEE: $75 to be collected in advance of school. The instructor’s technique for making eye glasses will be taught; however, completed eye glasses can be purchased for $10, if desired.

INSTRUCTOR: Troy Schmidt, Fellow
COURSE: Throwing Ceramic Miniatures
PROJECT: Wheel-Thrown Ceramics

This class is FULL.

Students will be using a miniature potter’s wheel to explore different methods of forming ceramic vessels by centering, opening, pulling up clay walls and shaping with throwing sticks to achieve a final form. This is an enjoyable process and the instructor encourages students to experiment and try new things while having fun. Beginning students will start with simpler forms such as planters, open bowls and vases and any students with previous experience may proceed at their own rate to hone their skills while learning new methods to produce vessels with thinner walls and more complicated forms. Students will learn different methods of finishing the bottoms of their pottery as well as carving vessel walls, attaching handles and decorating with slip. Once work has been bisque-fired, the students will learn to glaze their pottery choosing from an assortment of glazes that will serve as the final color and texture of the pot. Pieces will then be high-fired in an electric kiln. Sometimes things don’t come out of the kiln as intended so students will address glaze problems and the potential of re-firing some glaze mishaps. This is an opportunity to learn to throw miniature pottery from an instructor who has been making miniature ceramics for more than 25 years. Students will leave with finished pottery that they can put in their collections or use as accessories in their other miniature projects.

time: 36 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: moto tool

SKILL LEVEL: All skill levels are welcome.

MATERIALS FEE: $35 to be collected at school