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Report on the Great Lakes Chapter Fall 2016 Meeting
« on: November 06, 2016, 11:20:41 AM »
Report on Great Lakes Chaprter Fall Meeting 2016

The weekend of October 22 and 23, 2016, the Great Lakes Chapter held their fall meeting at the Senior Center in Livonia, MI. The group had a special presentation by period furniture maker and SAPFM member Tony Kubalak.

Mr Kubalak, who was a student of Gene Landon, presented on Saturday. He discussed his experience learning at Olde Mill in Pennsylvania and discussed some of the period pieces he has reproduced. He then went on to discuss different carved elements of period furniture, including a shell, rosette, two finials, and a bracket foot, focusing on styles from Newport, RI and Philadelphia. More info on Mr. Kubalak can be found at: http://tonykubalak.com

On Sunday, the meeting started off with a brief “show and tell.” I (A. Messimer) brought in a seat blank and an arm bow for a continuous arm windsor chair that I am working on. New member Edward Ludwig brought in a half set of hollow and round molding planes that he made with the guidance of Tod Herrli’s video. Ralph Babcock brought in a small box he made from ambrosia maple and discussed how the wood gets its characteristic coloring.

There were two hour long presentations on Sunday. The first was given by myself on the construction of an arched top raised panel door using only hand tools. I followed techniques learned from The Woodwright’s Shop to construct the frame. I then discussed what I came up with to carve the top of the arched panel, using chisels and a sloyd knife.

Dale Ausherman finished out the morning with a presentation on his class with Jeff Headley and Steve Hamiltion at Marc Adam’s school. The class was on building a Shenandoah Valley tall case clock. Dale brought in pieces of the clock that were assembled. He also shared over 200 photos of his experience and discussed some of the tricks he picked up in class. Finally he did a quick experiment to test the strength of expired  (9 months past I believe) liquid hide glue compared to new hot hide glue and some hot hide glue that had been in the freezer for 3 years. The fresh hot hide glue was the clear winner as expected and the expired liquid hide glue was the weakest.

The Great Lakes Chapter will next gather for our annual presentation at the Detroit Institute of Arts in March, 2017. Our next meeting will be April 22 and 23, 2017. Thanks to all of those who attended and shared.

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Re: Report on the Great Lakes Chapter Fall 2016 Meeting
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2016, 11:44:35 AM »
Tony Kubalak, Great Lakes Chapter members, and shell layout and carving

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Re: Report on the Great Lakes Chapter Fall 2016 Meeting
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2016, 11:46:00 AM »
More shell carving, flame finial layout and carving

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Re: Report on the Great Lakes Chapter Fall 2016 Meeting
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2016, 11:49:48 AM »
Rosette layout and carving, Newport block front bracket foot
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Re: Report on the Great Lakes Chapter Fall 2016 Meeting
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2016, 12:05:33 PM »
Andrew Messimer, Ed Ludwig, Ralph Babcock, and Dale Ausherman