This fall the Great Lakes Chapter will have 2 special events. The first will be a paid seminar by Rob Millard, on Saturday, October 13 at the Livonia Senior Center in Livonia, Mi. The cost per member is $27.
The second event will be a tour of 18th century furniture at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Mike Holden and I met with the curator of the American Decorative Arts Wing, Ken Myers, and his staff to set up a tour of their collection. We selected several pieces that we thought members might enjoy seeing. DIA furniture handlers will be present to assist in an in-depth inspection of the pieces. Linda Johnson a PhD intern with the DIA will be giving the tour, she is extremely knowledgeable. There will be a limit of 30 participants due to space limitations.
The tour will be on Tuesday, November 13, from 2pm-4:30pm. After the tour we will have dinner at a local restaurant.
I had suggested earlier in emails to Ken Myers that the Great Lakes Chapter would be willing to give a workshop at the DIA. So at the meeting we met with the program staff and they were very excited about the workshop. They would like us to give a 2 day workshop on March 16-17, 2013. The timing of the workshop was set for that weekend because the Keno brothers will be giving a lecture the week before and they thought this might be a good fit.
The DIA will take care of all the arrangements including publicizing the event and any audio visual aids we will need. We will also be allowed to bring our own pieces of furniture to be on display at the museum for those 2 days, sort of a mini exhibition.
The DIA has been very helpful and has expressed a continued relationship between the DIA and SAPFM.
It should be noted that without the help of Steve Lash, who is now the president of the American Wing association this would not have happened.
One last note, I asked if I could at some time in the future have permission to measure some of the pieces in their collection and they did not see a problem with that.
This relationship with DIA is very exciting and can further expose member?s skills and knowledge in the making of quality period furniture to the larger community.
I have finalized the Saturday, October 13th seminar with Rob Millard. The session will last from 10am- 5pm.
The topics will include:
1. Making a pictorial inlay, such as an urn. This would also involve cutting, sand shading, gluing and inlaying into the surface.
2. How to make banding. Building the stack, sawing the components, gluing and sawing the inlay.
3. Demonstrate inlaying in an oval shape with templates and combine this with a hammer veneering demo.
4. Rope banding, making and placement around an oval shape.
5. Finishing mahogany.
Rob is a very skilled craftsman, primarily in Federal Period Furniture, and I am very excited to have him present the seminar for our members.
After the seminar we will be going to Bennigan's for dinner. I will make the reservations for 5:30pm. Members and their spouses are welcome to attend.
Saturday, October 13, 2012. Livonia Senior Center. Livonia, Mi. 48154
9:30-10:00am Meet and greet, coffee, etc.
10:00-12:00 noon Rob Millard's presentation.
12:00-1:00pm Lunch at Sam's restaurant.
1:00pm-5:00pm Continuation of Rob's presentation.
5:30pm- Dinner at Bennigan's restaurant.
Email me if you are interested in attending the seminar. firstname.lastname@example.org