2018 Guild School

June 9-15, 2018     Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine

24 Hour Classes

INSTRUCTOR: Diane Almeyda, Artisan
COURSE: Metal Work and Enameling
PROJECT: Round Stained Glass Window or Suncatcher

Stained glass can be decorative as well as useful. Needless to say, it is also beautiful. This project will allow students to somewhat express their artistic sensibilities while creating a 1" diameter stained glass window which can be used in various scales and settings.

Students will learn basic jewelers’ skills by first creating a metal framework from fine silver wire. This will be hard silver soldered with a jeweler’s torch to form a solid frame. Enamels (specially formulated glass) will then be applied and fired in a kiln to create the permanent brilliant colors of stained glass.

Skills employed will include using pliers and tweezers to form metal wire; soldering with a torch and hard silver solder; enameling (including preparing enamels and the use of a kiln); and using a flex shaft and various attachments and abrasives to finely finish the work. There is no sawing involved in this class. Fun for all!

time: 24 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: flex shaft

SKILL LEVEL: All skill levels welcome.

MATERIALS FEE: $60 to be collected in advance of school

INSTRUCTOR: Pia Becker, Fellow
COURSE: Flower and Plant Making
PROJECT: Garden Herbs

Oh yes, it’s herbs again! You don’t have some for your garden yet? Well, then this is the class for you!

In this class students will learn how to make chives, parsley, mint and Indian cress, using different techniques and materials to achieve the most realistic look. No pre-cut parts will be used. Students will learn how to cut the required shapes by hand and how important the precise shape of a leaf can be. Tips and tricks by the instructor will be given to form a basic knowledge on the how-to of herbs so students will be able to transfer their knowledge to do many more different herbs in the future. The herbs made in class will be planted in a rusty container in the end.

time: 24 hours. Completion is likely with some overtime.

POWER TOOLS: None.

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate and advanced. As there will be many very small leaves, good eyesight and steady hands are required.

MATERIALS FEE: $30 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Pete & Pam Boorum, Artisans
COURSE: Furniture Construction
PROJECT: Sarah’s Table

This small table was spotted at Sarah’s Restaurant, just across the street from Red’s Eats in Wiscasset, ME. A dressing table? A writing desk? A hall table? Who knows? This piece is so diminutive it will fit many places in a room setting.

The table presents an opportunity to work with duplicate turnings. The legs are surprisingly delicate. The wooden drawer pulls come in two sizes, and this will present an opportunity to further refine turning skills. The table saw will be used for the basic table and drawer construction, including ripping, cross-cutting, and forming dadoes and rabbets. A bit of jeweler’s saw work and hand refinement of the edges will define the wide curves of the table top. Students will apply a water stain to the project with and top coat it with shellac. Some may wish to age the table using various simple techniques.

Finally, the wooden carrier is an optional piece for those who would like to make the finger-joined carrier with swing handle. The small parts and tiny fingers produce a delicate Shaker style carrier.

time: 24 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: table saw, lathe

SKILL LEVEL: This would be a good choice for beginner and intermediate students.

MATERIALS FEE: $40 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Beth Freeman-Kane, Fellow
COURSE: Mold Making and Casting
PROJECT: “Nuthatch” Box Framed Composition

While creating this charming box framed scene, this class will provide the opportunity to experience a number of different processes and materials, including some not explored at Guild School before. For the first time ever at school the instructor plans to teach working with silicon and some basic mold-making! In this case students will be using “brush on” silicon directly onto actual tree surfaces in order to lift real bark texture, then casting with a polyurethane resin.

This will provide the setting for the scene: a tiny nuthatch bird exploring the tree bark looking for insects…close by is a well-camouflaged moth! The bird casting will be provided (unless anyone feels like overachieving and sculpting their own, but time may mitigate against this). The usual acrylic painting techniques will be used to paint the bark in a realistic fashion to enhance the rough texture. In stark contrast, the little bird will be painted to show softness and roundness. Growing plants with the waxy sheen of a Virginia Creeper create even further evidence of endless contrasting textures found in nature. The full framing kit will be provided and the end product is a professional looking work of fine art ready to be hung on the wall at home. Not to be missed…this will be a super fun class!

time: 24 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: moto tool

SKILL LEVEL: All levels.

MATERIALS FEE: $45 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Phyllis Hawkes, Fellow
COURSE: Traditional Oil Painting
PROJECT: “Sailing on Penobscot Bay” An Early American Overmantle

This overmantle is an original oil painting. It is inspired by the elm trees and the red bird-in-a-bush from Rufus Porter murals, a sign that once hung outside a Castine antiques shop, a painted blanket chest by IGMA Fellow Theresa Bahl, and an existing Early American overmantle. Tall elm trees like these are seen today in Castine, although they no longer grow in most other places in New England. The instructor calls the painting “Sailing on Penobscot Bay.”

Students will use traditional oil painting layering techniques. The painting measures 3 ¼" W x 1 ⅝" H and is painted on a 1/16" gessoed birch panel. Students will learn color mixing, shading, blending, brush handling and glazing plus many valuable hints and tips which can be applied to their own work. In case students have a favorite, they may choose from several different styles of sailboats or bring a picture of their own.

Students will approach the work in a step-bystep fashion, beginning with transferring the image and initial color blocking; then adding levels of detail each day. On the last day students will varnish the painting and build its rustic board frame. Students will be amazed at the results this technique produces, especially keeping in mind that this is folk painting and so total perfection is not required.

time: 24 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: All levels

MATERIALS FEE: $60 to be collected at school. Each student will receive three mini brushes to use in class and keep: a 20/0 mini round, a 20/0 spotter, and a 12/0 filbert.

INSTRUCTOR: Ann High, Fellow
COURSE: Carved Furniture
PROJECT: Henry VIII Counter Table

This counter table or merchant’s table was made between 1520 and 1540 and would have been used to receive and count the money from tenants’ rent payments. It has two parchemin panels at the front and a smaller one on each side. Parchemin panels are an early form of linenfold and this example is a stylish and intricate design. The back has two open recesses. On some counter tables part of the top slid open so that money could be deposited out of sight. With this one the top is fixed and money was stored in the recesses after transactions. The accounts would have been calculated using a counter board, a very early form of calculator, with small pieces, or counters, that could be moved along lines carved onto a wooden board. There will be an extra option to carve this board providing the technique of carving the tiny letters upon it.

The emphasis of this course is on the carving and enjoying learning the techniques. Students work at their own pace and beginners should be aware that they may work more slowly than those with experience in carving. From a cutting list of prepared timber students will learn how to mark out and carve the designs on the four panels. The pattern is very precise with a smooth background. The straight and curved channels are cut using a gouge. On the front panels there are delicate formal intertwined tassels with small leaf motifs at each end. On the side panels the details on the parchemin are slightly different.

Early furniture was usually made of oak. Students will be using steamed pear wood which has a finer grain, is lovely to carve and will stain to simulate oak. All processes and techniques will be taught and demonstrated in easy stages. Students will be using micro-miniature, palm held, carving tools and a Swann-Morton scalpel.

time: 24 hours. Completion is possible. Full instructions and demonstrations are provided for students who wish to take their time and finish the table at home.

POWER TOOLS: None.

SKILL LEVEL: All levels. Good hand eye coordination is essential. Due to the depth of concentration required for carving, prospective students should be aware that this class is known for its atmosphere of quiet focus.

MATERIALS FEE: $70 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Ann High, Fellow
COURSE: Carved Furniture
PROJECT: Boarded Chest with Flower Design

This was made of oak in England about 1630–1660. It is a rare chest as carving of this vivid and floral quality is not usual on boarded chests especially in the 17th century. It has a curiously shaped lock plate.

The emphasis of this course is on the carving. From a cutting list of prepared timber students will learn how to mark out the designs and then carve the relief design of flowers and leaves and tendrils onto the chest. The carving is delicate and intricate and includes a good variety of skills.

Early furniture was usually made of oak. Students will be using steamed pear wood which has a finer grain, is lovely to carve and will stain to simulate oak. All processes and techniques will be taught and demonstrated in easy stages. Students will be using a Swann-Morton scalpel and micro-miniature, palm held, carving tools. The instructor will provide an extra toolkit for the fine detailed work which will be available for loan or purchase. Students will affix the lock plate provided. After staining and assembling the chest they will learn how to put on the hinges. Upon completion, the wood is given a beautiful, natural finish.

time: 24 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: All levels. Although possible for beginners they should be aware it is a challenging project and they may work more slowly than more advanced students. Good hand eye coordination is essential. Due to the depth of concentration required for carving, prospective students should be aware that this class is known for its atmosphere of quiet focus.

MATERIALS FEE: $86 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Daniela Kiefhaber, Artisan
COURSE: Porcelain Sculpting
PROJECT: Sculpting a Baby in Porcelain

In this class students will learn how to sculpt a jointed baby (14 joints!) in raw porcelain clay. The direct sculpting technique is rarely used in miniature doll making, but the end result is a precious one-of-a-kind porcelain piece with crisp details and durability. The joints (and there are many) will turn the finished cute baby into a lifelike personality that can be moved around.

Students will start from scratch, sculpting and refining the body parts with various tools. A box with example pieces in the right scale will help them with keeping their piece to scale. After a first firing at a lower temperature the clay is stronger, and allows for better handling, sanding and more refining. Then the doll parts will be bisque fired, polished and painted with China paints. The students will learn an easy painting technique using a water based medium. Finally the baby will get some hair fluff. The end result will be an adorable, cute baby and a very proud creator.

time: 24 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None.

SKILL LEVEL: Students of all levels will have pleasing results as the instructor will guide them through the process, step through step. This class is for students who are new to sculpting as well as for the experienced doll makers.

MATERIALS FEE: $35 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Hiroyuki & Kyoko Kimura, Fellows
COURSE: Plant Making
PROJECT: Ponytail Palm

Students will make two ponytail palms. The leaves will be made from resin clay. The trunk will be made from stone powder clay. The technique for making the leaves are the same as for the spider plant. It is an original special technique. Students will learn the basic techniques needed to make the long and narrow leaves and trunk.

time: 24 hours. Completion is likely with some overtime.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: All levels

MATERIALS FEE: $35 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Miyuki Kobayashi, Artisan
COURSE: Clay Fish Making
PROJECT: Tadpole Biotope

“Healing world in the small bowl.” In this class students will enjoy making such a lovely world.

First of all, students will make some cute tadpoles and then the instructor will teach various way to make some plants and flowers. Also this time, students will make the stone bowl, too. The instructor has made the foundation of the bowl by clay in advance because it takes one week until completely dry. So students learn how to sculpt and put on the texture of stone. The “fish classes” have always had a problem with time and this project is the same as usual. Students have to pour the resin twice this time so they have to finish on Thursday. On Friday students will be able to meet their beautiful small oasis.

time: 24 hours. Completion is likely with some overtime.

POWER TOOLS: None.

SKILL LEVEL: All levels.

MATERIALS FEE: $31 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Iulia Chin Lee, Artisan
COURSE: Spindle-Turning with Spiral-Carving
PROJECT: Spiral Pedestal

Miniature collectors are constantly looking for a way to display their prized pieces. Pedestals provide a perfect focal point for a fine piece of artwork. In this project, a pedestal will be made with spiral-turning in the middle section. The top section will be turned and jointed to the pedestal. The top section can be made with the same wood or with a different wood to add interest.

This course consists of: basic fundamental spindleturning— cutting a variety of shapes with traditional tools and methods; carved spirals on the lathe—methods of making multi-start spiral work and diagrams of how to achieve them; joinery of turned work—proper way to join turnings with fitted pieces by dowel/socket joints; and techniques of finishing—sanding, applying finish and buffing on the lathe. Through practice students will be able to develop skills to create not only useful but also artistic pieces. Students will be turning mahogany, cherry, maple and some exotic wood.

time: 24 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: lathe

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner and intermediate

MATERIALS FEE: $50 to be collected at school. Students need to have their own micro turning tools in class. Those who do not have tools may purchase them from the instructor for a fee of $150 for an English Sorby tool set or for a Chinese set for $75.

INSTRUCTOR: Mary Grady O’Brien, Fellow
COURSE: Folk Art Painting and Shell Work
PROJECT: “Ship Ahoy” A Sailor’s Memorabilia Box

This little treasure reflects the beauty and romance of the sea. It would be perfect for a collection of sentimental keepsakes that could be very meaningful for a young sailor. Using oil paints, students will paint a nautical scene on an ivory panel. Upon completion the panel will be applied to the memory box, 1 ½" wide. Students will then design a frame consisting of tiny sea shells to surround this image. Working with shells and painting on ivory will afford the student the opportunity to acquire some new skills and techniques.

time: 24 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None.

SKILL LEVEL: All levels.

MATERIALS FEE: $120 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Bill Robertson, Artisan
COURSE: Metal Work
PROJECT: Balance Scale

This form of a balance scale has been used for hundreds of years to weigh all types of products and goods. The instructor has seen these in all sizes. Some were pocket-size coin scales used to check to see if coins had been "clipped"—the process of removing valuable metal from the edge of a coin. The largest example seen, with a beam nearly 8 feet long, was in Edam which was used to weigh blocks of Dutch cheese. The project for this class will be a working 1/12 scale balance with a 2-inch beam—the perfect size for an early kitchen or shop. This class is a mix of metalworking techniques including hand shaping with saw and file, cold forming with a large hammer and dies, along with a little bit of lathe work.

Students will cut the beam out of steel with a jeweler’s saw and solder pieces to it building up the thicker areas. Special focus will be required to make the two sides match for they must be the exact size and weight for the balance to work. The many other smaller parts will be cut out and filed to shape. A special emphasis will be on filing the little chamfered edges, lambs tongue and other details that make early iron work so distinctive and beautiful. The brass pans will be stamped out in special fixtures, then turned on the lathe to give them a deep rim around the edges. Rings and “S” hooks will be made to hang the pans from chains. Making delicate triangular pivots and careful adjusting will insure that the miniature scale balances. The finished scale can be either a rusted and dark or a polished steel finish.

time: 24 hours. Completion is likely with some overtime.

POWER TOOLS: lathe

SKILL LEVEL: All levels. The class is mainly aimed at intermediate and advanced students who have some basic skills with hand tools. As with all this instructor’s classes, there will be extra details to push the most advance students.

MATERIALS FEE: $75 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Bill Robertson, Artisan
COURSE: Metal Work
PROJECT: Pie Crimpers, Part 2

Last year this class was so much fun we decided to do a “Part 2” with more time and some additional patterns.

In many folk art collections there are pie crimpers or jagging wheels. These are whimsical carvings, often of animal shapes with wavy wheels at the end used to crimp or decorate the edges of pie crusts. They were usually made by sailors on long sea voyages for their sweethearts out of materials at hand, whale bone and walrus ivory. They range from the simplest designs to complex carvings with multiple wheels held in a bird’s beaks.

For this miniature class there will be many options. Students can do as many crimpers as time and materials permit or they could make a few simple ones or one complex example. Students will choose from a set of patterns that somewhat resemble an eye chart by having each shape shown in many different sizes. They can pick the one they feel most comfortable seeing and working on. In addition to last year’s patterns there will be many with two or more wheels.

Students will begin by applying patterns to legal walrus ivory and cutting out the shape with a jeweler’s saw. Then using files, knifes and gravers the details will be carved. Careful sanding will be followed by polishing the ivory to a silky smooth, shiny surface. With more time students can turn a wheel on a lathe, then mill a wavy or zig-zagged edge. For those that really like a challenge, they can make a spoked wheel.

time: 24 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: lathe

SKILL LEVEL: All levels. This class should appeal to those wishing to do fine carving in ivory, which is one of the best materials the world has ever known for carving. Due to the size of the project good eyesight and hand coordination is a must. As with all this instructor’s classes there will be extra details to challenge the most advanced students in addition to the basic project.

MATERIALS FEE: $75 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Lidi Stroud, Artisan
COURSE: Basketry
PROJECT: Old Style Laundry Basket

Using paper covered wire and waxed linen thread, students will learn to lay an oval base and weave an old style laundry basket. Information will be given on how to expand or contract this same base to weave many other styles of baskets. The techniques students will learn are twining, reverse twining, and 3 and 4-rod whale, which are basic basket weaves. They will also learn to fitch, which is a weave used after a space, to hold stakes firmly in place.

Students will learn the process of finishing their basket with a woven border and adding the two handles. A bound border option (easier) will be offered to those students who experience difficulties with the woven border. The finished basket should measure approximately 2" W x 1 ½" D (50mm x 35mm). A tea towel comes with the basket!

time: 24 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner and intermediate There is no need for any weaving experience, but students will definitely need patience, attention to detail and good hand-eye co-ordination.

MATERIALS FEE: $20 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Nancy Summers, Fellow
COURSE: Leather Upholstery and Tufting
PROJECT: Leather Sofa

Students will be given a sofa frame and will add the legs and stain. They will be given a large piece of leather to upholster it with. The instructor will have several colors to choose from. The back and arms will be tufted. Students will learn a different way to cover the seat cushions. They will also be able to put nails on the bottom of the sofa and they will make pillows out of the leather.

time: 24 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: None.

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

MATERIALS FEE: $95 to be collected in advance of school