Saturday, June 22, 2013; 9 a.m.
Location: Woodlawn, 19 Black House Drive (Rte 172, Surry Rd.), Ellsworth, Maine
Contact: Woodlawn; 207-667-8671
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Woodlawn is offering a unique opportunity to visit furniture restorer David Williams’ shop in Ellsworth, and learn tricks of the trade through two workshops offered Saturdays, June 22 and 29 from 9 am to noon.
On June 22, from 9 am to noon, David Williams will focus on the tools of the trade and basic shop practices. This workshop is an opportunity to explore tools, materials and practices employed in a woodworking shop. David will show and demonstrate the use of a wide range of hand tools he has assembled over his 45 year career as a restorer of period furniture and objects. Participants will be able to handle the tools and thus discover the joy of using a sharp plane and decide whether the push of a Western backsaw or the pull of a Japanese backsaw suits them best. The sharpening of edge tools, making a threaded rod and rod, and turning wood on a foot-powered lathe will also be hands-on demonstrations. Steam bending of wood and working with green wood will be discussed. In addition to the array of woodworking tools and practices associated with a cabinetmakers shop, basic metalworking tools and practices will also be covered. David will talk about various adhesives, solvents, finishes, the different species of wood and the wide range of materials used in the shop. The group will be small enough to allow them to further focus the discussion and demonstrations on areas of their own interest.
On June 29, from 9 am to noon, David will focus on the care of furniture and give a restoration demonstration. This workshop is a follow-up to the tools of the trade and basic shop practices workshop on June 22nd. David will give a discussion and demonstration in the care and restoration of furniture and objects, giving participants a general knowledge of basic restoration practices. He will discuss the principles of the care of objects and furniture including proper cleaning, reviving a finish, and how to avoid the most common damages to furniture. David will discuss how to carry out basics structural repair work and the subsequent coloring and finishing to complete the work, as well as filling scratches and dents with colored wax stopping, how to remove white rings, etc. He will also talk about finishes, adhesives, materials, the selection of wood, and will demonstrate padding shellac, the basic restoration finish for overall finish and patching-in. In addition to a discussion of the restoration work underway in David’s shop, participants may bring along small objects or photographs for specific discussion, so participants can gain some direction in repair and restoration work they wish to carry out at home.
The cost for each workshop is $25 for Woodlawn members and $35 for non-members. As both workshops are limited to 4 participants, please call early to register by calling Woodlawn at 667-8671. Direction to David’s shop will be provided at registration.
Woodlawn is an educational, cultural, and recreational treasure for the people of Downeast ME. The main house is open for tours through October 31st. The public park is open year round, sunrise to sunset. 19 Black House Drive (Surry Road), Ellsworth, ME. For more information visit www.woodlawnmuseum.org.