Windsor - posted Nov, 01 2013
WINDSOR - Take advantage of a rare chance to hear from and see a master craftsman at work on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m., at Windsor Historical Society. The newly-opened parlor of Windsor Historical Society’s Strong-Howard House contains two beautifully-crafted reproduction breakfast tables made by Doug Smith and Dick Tomkins, students at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. The tables are modeled on a Connecticut Valley example in a private collection. Join their teacher Bob Van Dyke, founder and director of the school to find out how they did it. Van Dyke will discuss the breakfast table form in the late 18th century and early 19th-century. He will detail the reproduction process from measuring the original table, to pattern making, to class construction. Using sample parts of a breakfast table, Van Dyke will detail the construction process, and using a scroll saw, show how the piercing was done on the table stretchers. Cost for the program is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors and students; and $4 for Windsor Historical Society members.