Guild Study Program

October 22-25, 2021   |   Kentucky Gateway Museum Center, Maysville, Kentucky

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About Guild Study Programs

About the Program

The Kentucky Gateway Museum Center is home to the Kathleen Savage Browning Miniatures Collection. The Collection features thousands of one-of-a-kind or limited edition 1/12-scale homes, historic buildings, room boxes, vignettes and individual works of miniature art by the finest artists in their fields.

The Museum Center is also the home of a Regional History Museum, containing regional artifacts and fine arts of the area and a Genealogical & Historical Research Library. You can see more at

Maysville is a picturesque small town on the banks of the Ohio River in northeastern Kentucky, about an hour southeast of Cincinnati. It dates from 1786, when it was incorporated as Washington, named for the Revolutionary War hero who would become the nation’s first President. It is a terraced city with 155 buildings listed on the National Historic Register. French Irish, Dutch and German influences are evidenced by iron grille work and rooflines with descending parapets. Maysville has a variety of distinctive 18th- and 19th-century architecture. Buildings reflect the rapid growth from pioneer log cabins to sophisticated brick Georgian and Federal homes.

"Mountain Preacher" by British painter Leslie Smith is a reproduction in 1/12th scale of the original by James R. Hopkins, which is also on display at the KYGMC. Victorian furniture by Betty Valentine. Bird sculpture by Mary McGrath. The Maysville Museum pictures are the property of the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center and may not be reproduced without permission from them.

Tuition fee includes:

  • 18 hours of classroom instruction
  • Small classes
  • Special tours of The Kentucky Gateway Museum Center
  • Friday night dinner
  • Saturday evening cocktail reception with Kaye and Lou Browning
  • Monday graduation luncheon


$500 for Guild members, $550 for nonmembers


To pre-register, submit a completed registration form and $100.00 deposit, postmarked on or before July 15, 2021. The balance is due July 15, 2021. If registering after July 15, 2021, include full payment.

Students who are pre-registered on July 15, 2021 will be assigned to their first choice class if at all possible. If any classes are over subscribed, a drawing will be conducted to determine class assignments. If the first choice is filled, the student will be assigned to his or her second choice, if that is filled then their third and then fourth, as listed on their registration form. Any student who lists only a first choice and does not get into that class will have the registration fee returned. In the event of all classes being filled, your payment will be returned. After July 15, class assignments will be on a first-come, first-served basis of available openings.

In the event the student must cancel, a full refund minus a $25 cancelation fee will be made for cancellations prior to July 15, 2021. After July 15th, a refund will be given only if another student can fill your space.

Instructors will contact their students with information regarding supplies/tool needed for class and payment of material fees.

Guest (no classes):

$175 includes museum admission, Friday tour, Friday dinner, Saturday evening cocktail reception and Monday graduation luncheon.


Registration fee includes Friday dinner, Saturday evening cocktail reception and Monday graduation luncheon. Other meals are not included in the cost of the program.

Hotel Information:

A discounted rate of $94.65, taxes included, for single or double occupancy, has been arranged at the French Quarter Inn in Maysville,

To receive the discounted rate all reservation must be made directly through the French Quarter Inn. The phone number is 606-564-8000. Ask for the IGMA special rate. Reservation must be made before September 15, 2021.


Classes will be taught at the Kentucky Gateway Museum.

Direct enquiries to:

Pete and Pam Boorum, Maysville GSP
79 Sebbins Pond Drive
Bedford, NH 03110
Telephone: 603-669-4185



1/144 Scale “Best Kitchen”

Nell Corkin, IGMA Fellow

A feature of wealthy Dutch homes in the 18th Century might be a “best kitchen,” designed to showcase the owner’s fashionable blue and white china when entertaining guests, while the working kitchen was elsewhere. It became a feature of Dutch baby houses, including the Petronella Oortman baby house in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Another “best kitchen” can be seen in the Baroque Baby House in the KSB Miniatures Collection. 

This project is a similar 1:144 scale “best kitchen” in a faux burl wood room box. The finished piece can be displayed on its own, or in a 1:12 scale setting. 

Students will create a fitted interior for the box, including a paneled passageway (visible through the door), marble floor, tiled walls, fireplace, and construction and finishing of the shelves on the back wall. They will make and/or finish the furniture, brass chandelier, and accessory items, including the blue and white plates on display. 

The exterior of the box will be completed by adding moldings, and painted to give the appearance of burl wood with dark wood trim. 

Students who may not complete the project during class time will have all the materials and information needed to complete it at home. 

This class will give students knowledge of materials and methods for working on their own 1:144 scale projects, and many of these can be used for working in other small scales. 

Power tools: Variable speed disc sander 

Skill level: Intermediate. Previous experience with 1:144 scale is not necessary. If you have ever made accessories of any kind in 1:12 scale, this is much the same. Students should have some experience with accurate measuring and cutting, and be able to use a miter box. A list of tools for the project will be sent before the event.

Materials fee: $65


Chest of Drawers

Bob Hurd, IGMA Artisan

A chest of drawers is a piece of furniture developed in the mid 17th century that consists of a frame, often on short legs, containing a set of drawers. Early chests of drawers were mounted on bun or ball feet with legs joined by stretchers and had wooden drawer pulls that later included brass knobs with varied designs depending on the fashion trends. The version made in class will include wooden drawer pulls. 

The inspiration for this class is a Kentucky chest rectangular in shape with four drawers of graduated heights, a shaped skirt at the base and rectangular cabriole legs. The frame, legs and skirt will be made and the drawers will be made to fit the openings in the frame. Traditional construction techniques including mortise and tenon joinery will be used to construct the piece. 

Power tools and hand tools will be used in the class. Power tools include the table saw and drill press. Students will be asked to bring a jeweler’s saw, files, X-acto knife and any other tools they are used to using for furniture and woodworking projects. The instructor will provide a list of tools for the students to bring upon completion of class registration. Completion of construction of the piece is likely. Finishing the piece will be discussed but students may not have time to apply a finish in class due to application and drying times. 

Skill level: Intermediate.

Materials fee: $50


Limestone Wood Split Pulley

Bill Robertson, IGMA Artisan

The story of Maysville, KY. could not be told without including The Ohio Valley Pulley Works, founded in 1886 and later named the Browning Manufacturing Company. They started off making the famed Limestone Wood Split Pulleys, which will be the subject of our class, and went on to become one of the largest makers of power transmission equipment in the world. 

So just what is a Limestone Wood Split Pulley? Limestone was the original name of Maysville, established in 1787 by Daniel Boone. Wood is because they are made of wood; often that is hundreds of pieces of wood in a single pulley. Split because they have to come apart to be mounted on the shafts they turn. Pulley, well that is a round drum mounted to an overhead line shaft that, back in the old days, was turned by wide leather belts powering mills and workshops throughout the land. They made these pulleys in various sizes, from 12" to 83" in diameter and any width you wanted. 

I’m not sure when they stopped making wood split pulleys, but my guess is no one that worked in the factory making them is still alive. That meant reverse engineering how these were made, based on a few actual pulleys, descriptions in sales brochures and one surviving photograph of a fine Kentucky gentleman assembling one. What was discovered is they were made from many curved segments sawn out of wood, then glued and nailed together. The double spokes in the center were designed to allow the pulley to split apart for mounting, and to be bolted together for use. When finished they were given a protective coat of orange shellac. 

In miniature we will make these almost the same way starting by cutting out the segments from milled maple. Since it is of upmost importance these fit together properly they will be partially pre-cut on a pantograph. You will learn to like this method because, for example, the scale 32" x 12" has 98 pieces just in the rim. These will be glued together with the help of jigs leaving spaces for the spokes. Then the students will true them by turning them on a Taig lathe. Spokes can then be nailed and glued in place and the center hole bored. The inside rims and the spokes will have chamfers milled by special router bits on a Cameron drill press. Students will make their own shellac by dissolving flakes in pure alcohol. The trick to a beautiful shellac finish is freshly made shellac, traditionally made. The finish will be brushed on and rubbed out when dry. Then the pulley will be bolted together with tiny nuts and bolts. 

Now just why would you want to take this class? To start with, holding and playing with the finished pulleys is really cool. They could be used in any kind of antique shop, as folk art, in a workshop or repurposed, like so many originals have been, as tables. For that folks, just add legs and a glass top. 

What will you learn? Cutting out and fitting of parts of a segmented rim. Gluing wood together quickly (not with super glue) to make the joints strong and straight. Some turning on the lathe, drilling tiny holes for nails and chamfering on the drill press. Working with shellac and lots of other little details. 

Skill level: All skill levels. Each student should get one or two pulleys done with the more experienced students making larger and more complex pulleys. Remember that the scale 32" x 12" pulley has 98 pieces in the rim, and a total of 204 parts when finished.

Materials fee: $100


Oil Painting Berry Hill Garden

Sue Veeder, IGMA Fellow

Paul Sawyier (1865-1917) was an American Impressionism artist based for most of his life in Kentucky. He worked mostly in watercolors, favoring landscapes and rural scenes. We will be adapting a rare oil painting of his, Berry Hill Garden, from a private collection. The original painting measures 11 1/4" x 17 1/2". Ours will measure about 2 1/2" x 3 3/4". 

The garden is a beauty with many shades of greens, and a group of pink hollyhocks right in the center. 

We will be using Genesis heat set oil paints. The beauty of these paints is that they don’t have fumes and don’t set until cooked with heat. Students will love these paints for their texture, blendability and ease of use. You will learn color mixing, brush strokes, proper brush use and care, and many other things. The paints cure in under a minute when used with a heat gun! 

If you have an embossing tool/heat gun, please bring it. There will be several available for class use. Feel free to bring your favorite small tools (scissors, X-acto knife, blades, tweezers, fine brushes) because they will come in handy! Materials included in the fee are the canvas, palette, paints, mediums, various tools and brushes, and detailed instructions. Masks, hand sanitizers and cleaning wipes will be available in the classroom, and we will follow all recommended safety guidelines. Some picture frames may be available for purchase. 

Skill level: All skill levels.

Materials fee: $70

About Guild Study Programs

The International Guild of Miniature Artisans, Ltd., conducts Study Programs at leading museums for its members. Working with the museums’ curatorial staffs and Guild instructors, Guild members study specific masterworks and related exhibits. Instructors research their projects and design challenging classes within an eighteen-hour framework. Students learn to create miniature replicas of full-sized objects from the museums’ collections. They might be an historic piece of furniture, a painting, a household object, or an architectural detail such as a fireplace or paneled wall. Other attractions include special guided tours that enrich the students’ knowledge and appreciation of beautifully crafted objects. Beginners and experienced miniaturists alike will learn and benefit from the program. The Guild invites you to be a part of these unique learning experiences!