lu·thi·er (noun): a maker of stringed instruments such as violins or guitars; see also Doug Unger. Doug grew up in Ohio, trained as a fine art painter, is a musician, and is widely know for his work as a luthier and teacher. His instruments are highly valued and appreciated for the detail and genuine craftsmanship that he injects. However, his willingness to share his knowledge and craft with other builders and musicians may be a contribution to music that's just as valuable. Doug is one of the artisans joining us this year at the Early American Artisans Fair in November.
Coming in early November is our inaugural Early American Artisans Fair featuring the works of contemporary artisans from Ohio and surrounding regions. Andrea Durnell is one this year's artisans. Andrea is a multimedia artist who creates carved wooden animals from fallen wood and incorporates antique materials to complete them. Her work is influenced by the personification of animals often seen in 19th century American culture, but expressed through the personality she finds hiding within the shape of the wood that defines each creature.
Ok, yes, that sounds gimmicky, but buying rough-sawn lumber from a sawmill can be much more affordable than buying dimensioned hardwood from the home center. Buying rough-sawn lumber opens up a world of new lumber species to you in various widths and lengths. Most sawmills are locally owned and operated, so you’re supporting folks in your own community. While you could take the money you save and buy a thickness planer and edge jointer to process your new lumber, learning how to flatten, thickness, and square a board by hand with hand planes is quieter, less dusty, reliable, and satisfying.
Early American Artisans Fair
November 1 and 2, 2019
Harvest Ridge Event Center; Millersburg, OH
The Artisans Guild in Millersburg is hosting a contemporary artisans show this fall that features the work of practicing artisans and craftspeople from Ohio and surrounding regions. Artisans featured in this year’s show represent the following disciplines:
We’ve added a new dovetail class to the calendar on Saturday, October 19, 2019.
In this one day class, Charles Murray, walks students through the process of laying out, cutting, and assembling of through, half blind and tapered dovetails by hand. Dovetails are commonly a measure of quality construction, and hand cut dovetails usually stand out above machine dovetails in aesthetics.While the steps involved are basic (squaring stock, layout, sawing, chopping), the woodworker needs to understand the anatomy of the joint in order to coordinate each operation with the next. Charles can help you diagnose problems before they turn into bad habits, helping you lay a strong foundation for learning and improving your dovetails.
More details on the class, including prerequisites and a tool list, can be found on the Hand Cut Dovetails registration page.
These are the classes and events upcoming in the next four week period (Sep. 1 - Sep. 28, 2019):
Our full class calendar is always available here.
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These are the classes and events upcoming in the next four week period (Aug. 25 - Sep. 21, 2019):
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These are the classes and events upcoming in the next four week period (Aug. 18 - Sep. 14, 2019):
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At the end of November, our front studio plays host to a week-long longrifle building class taught by Dan Fruth. Using kits from Kibler's Longrifles, this week sees students dive head-first into the skills needed to build a functioning period longrifle. Because of the lead time needed to produce and ship these kits, the deadline for ordering in time for class is quickly approaching. The good news is that the deadline has been extended to August 16, 2019.
Editor's note: This is a guest blog post from Charles Murray, an experienced period furniture maker based in central Ohio and instructor at the Artisans Guild.
If you think about most furniture, it's just a box (the carcass), sometimes with other boxes inside (drawers or tills). What makes it appealing are the visible construction techniques and the decorative elements that are added. These two things will reveal the skill level of the person who built the piece.