2023 Guild School

June 10-17, 2023 - Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine

48 Hour Classes

Ursula Dyrbye-Skovsted - Early Classical Guitar
Bob Hurd - William and Mary Sideboard (Full)

INSTRUCTOR: Ursula Dyrbye-Skovsted, Artisan
COURSE: Woodworking
PROJECT: Early Classical Guitar

What is more intriguing than having built your own guitar of the finest materials in 1/12th scale…and who knows, you might create a new tune? Be a real luthier and build your own guitar! (This is a repeat class from 2022, brought back by popular demand.)

The instrument, a round body with a long neck and fretted board, is known all the way back to Mesopotamia 4,500 years ago. It is also known later on in various periods and cultures. In the 12th Century the guitar came to Spain where it soon became a favorite of many musicians through the centuries. Among them are Paganini and Schubert who both composed for the guitar in the early 19th Century. The form and sound has changed a lot since the beginning and is still changing. Today there is a huge variety of shapes and forms for different styles of music and from different periods and with different names. The guitar we know as the “Spanish Guitar” got its current form around the 1850s by Antonio Torres and is still a popular instrument worldwide.

Students will build a classic guitar from start to finish using multiple techniques like mirror veneering, steam bending, inlay, carving and joint making; and using several materials like hardwoods, veneers, bone and wire. The guitar will be built as close to a full-size one as possible, with a steam bent hardwood body, veneered sides and sound board, framed sound box, simulated purfing (edge) and rosette, a hand-carved bridge and head, and the supported neck made with ebony fretboard and bone inlay. Traditional instrument joinery will be taught. Strings will be attached with pre-turned pegs.

Jigs will be provided by the instructor. Some minor parts may be pre-made due to class time. The techniques used in class can be transferred to future miniature work. This is a demanding class with a lot of fun work and soft guitar music in the background! But no musical skills will be taught in this class!

TIME: 48 hours. Completion is likely. However, students may need to work overtime.

POWER TOOLS: table saw, flex shaft, milling machine, router, moto tool, drill press

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate and advanced. This is an aggressive class with a lot of techniques. Good eye-hand coordination is crucial for finishing the project. Some skill in working with small-size wood and some experience with power tools is recommended.

MATERIALS FEE: $115 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Bob Hurd, Artisan
COURSE: Furniture Construction
PROJECT: William and Mary Sideboard

This class is FULL.

A sideboard is a flat-topped piece of furniture with cupboards and/or drawers placed against a wall used for storing dishes, glasses, and table linens. The top surface is at a height convenient for serving food and drink while standing. The piece selected for this class was built in the William and Mary style in 1870. The design reflects the luxurious and ornate finishes favored by England’s Charles I and Charles II in the 1600s.

This project provides an opportunity for students to enhance their skills using power tools and hand tools while producing a detailed piece with ornate design elements. These elements include turned legs, dovetails on the upper structure and drawers, serpentine stretchers, beading on the drawers, and beading on the shaped apron that is on the front and sides. The top has a molded edge. Traditional joinery techniques such as rabbets and mortise and tenon will be used. Through dovetails will be made on the drawers and half blind dovetails will be made to connect the sides of the structure to the back. The overall finished dimension will be approximately 4" wide x 1-3/4" deep x 3" high.

TIME: 48 hours. Prior experience with power tools and hand tools and attention to details will improve the student’s prospect of completing construction within the allotted time. Applying the stain and lacquer finish will be partially dependent on the weather conditions.

POWER TOOLS: table saw, drill press, scroll saw, duplicator lathe

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate and advanced. The ability to perform detailed work with an X-Acto knife and a chisel carving tool is essential.

MATERIALS FEE: $100 to be collected at school