2017 Guild School

June 10–16, 2017     Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine

24 Hour Classes

Pete Acquisto - Square English Salver, c. 1768 (FULL)
Diane Almeyda - Punched “Tin” Lantern
Pia Becker - Cut Dahlias in a Basket
Pam & Pete Boorum - Colonial Arm Chair and Footstool
Beth Freeman-Kane - “Snowbirds”
Daniela Kiefhaber - Designing and Sculpting in Silver Clay and Porcelain
Hiroyuki & Kyoko Kimura - Palm Tree
Miyuki Kobayashi - Goldfish Aquarium
Chris Malcomson - Victorian Marquetry Sewing Box, c. 1860
Mary Grady O’Brien - Yellow Maine Table and Bellows
Nancy Summers - Upholstering a Canopy Bed

INSTRUCTOR: Pete Acquisto, Fellow
COURSE: Silversmithing and Machine Work
PROJECT: Square English Salver, c. 1768

(This class is FULL)

This handsome square salver will make a perfect project for learning the basic operation of the milling machine. Students will learn how to make the beautiful border with precision and ease. Students will also learn simple silver soldering. They will learn shaping and finishing techniques using the flex shaft machine with dental and jeweler’s tools. Students will be amazed at what they can do and will walk away with a beautiful tray.

TIME: 24 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: lathe, flex shaft, shaper


MATERIALS FEE: $80 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Diane Almeyda, Artisan
COURSE: Metalworking
PROJECT: Punched “Tin” Lantern

Folkart…popular among all cultures when ordinary people wanted to create something useful as well as decorative.

Punched tin became popular in Colonial America after the Revolutionary War when the country could produce tin, an inexpensive and durable metal. This style lantern actually predates that time and was originally made of copper. Useful for many purposes, lanterns were a necessity for every household as they protected the candle flame from being extinguished by wind. They generally ranged in size from about 15" to about 36", depending on their use.

Decorative designs will be pierced in a thin metal sheet and the various components formed into a lantern. This project was adapted from instructions for a full-sized lantern published by the tinsmiths at Old Sturbridge Village and will be recreated as closely as possible to the actual construction. This project will necessitate using various hand tools and a soldering iron. By the nature of the project, students will have unique expressions in their final forms. This will be a fun and rewarding class with lots of interesting techniques to learn.

TIME: 24 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: flex shaft

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner and intermediate

MATERIALS FEE: $40 to be collected in advance of school. A reasonable, optional fee is offered if a student is speedy and wants to have additional materials.

INSTRUCTOR: Pia Becker, Artisan
COURSE: Flower and Plant Making
PROJECT: Cut Dahlias in a Basket

One flower, so many possibilities! Dahlias are very versatile flowers. They come in various shapes and colors; the variety is endless. Why not cut some from your garden?

This class features making four different types of dahlias (single-flowered dahlias, water lily dahlias, ball dahlias, cactus dahlias) and some cut leaves—all hand-cut with highest precision out of paper. Students will learn how to figure out a flower’s exact shape, cut it without the use of any laser parts, color them realistically, shape and assemble them. Included are tips and tricks by the instructor. These techniques are transferable to many other plants and flowers. In the end, students will arrange the cut flowers and leaves in a provided handwoven basket.

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


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

MATERIALS FEE: $40 to be collected at school. The basket is handwoven by the instructor and is included in the fee.

INSTRUCTOR: Pam & Pete Boorum, Artisans
COURSE: Furniture Construction
PROJECT: Colonial Arm Chair and Footstool

Seeing this chair elevated and elegantly displayed in the DeWitt-Wallace Museum in Colonial Williamsburg, one might easily assume that it was meant exclusively for the head of the household, or perhaps for a visitor of great status. But in fact, chairs such as this were ordered and produced in sets by chair makers of the day. Records show that this particular chair form was popular in the mid-Atlantic colonies between 1725 and 1750.

No matter, we are still impressed by the fine tapered turning and finial of the rear posts, the graceful front posts, and the exuberant front stretcher. No less than five slats comprise the back, graduated in size from top to bottom.

Students will be using duplicator lathes to accomplish the turnings, using templates scaled to 1/12 of the original dimensions. They will use the jeweler’s saw to make the five back slats, and then will steam bend them. Then they will employ the drill press to drill the mortises in their proper places. This piece will be stained, as is the original in the museum, although a painted finish was also common. If students desire, they may bring their own paint to compliment their own décor. Finally, students will apply a rope seat woven around the top rungs to simulate the rush seating. If time permits, students will apply a finish to the project.

Along with the chair, students will make a matching footstool. This will give them a chance to practice the various operations, particularly the seat weaving.

TIME: 24 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: table saw, lathe, drill press

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner and intermediate

MATERIALS FEE: $40 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Beth Freeman-Kane, Fellow
COURSE: Boxed Frame Composition
PROJECT: “Snowbirds”

This class truly provides the opportunity to experience a number of different processes and materials combined into one very creative project. The resin bird castings and full framing kit will be provided. Acrylic painting technique will be taught to capture the highly detailed patterning of the pheasant pair's unique contrasting feathering. This includes some fun experience with iridescent paints and washes layering over feather texture to capture the sheen and depth of colors. Wonderful landscaping with rich contrasts of snow, rusty wire, worn fence post, branches and dry grass will be put together with a range of interesting materials. The finished project is a highly professional looking work of art, framed and ready to hang on your wall at home!

TIME: 24 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: moto tool

SKILL LEVEL: All levels

MATERIALS FEE: $50 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Daniela Kiefhaber, Artisan
COURSE: Silver and Porcelain Sculpting
PROJECT: Designing and Sculpting in Silver Clay and Porcelain

Art Nouveau or Jugendstil is a style of art that was most popular during 1890–1910. It was inspired by natural forms and structures, not only in flowers and plants, but also in curved lines. This style is ideal for the freeform work in clay.

The students will design, develop and work on their own inspired piece after studying the elements of Art Nouveau. They will have the opportunity to use ready-made molds as well as to learn how to make their own. They will be able to finish several pieces, some of which will be combinations of silver and porcelain, while other will be pure silver.

The main focus of this class is the work in porcelain and silver clay, a combination that was very popular in this era for decorative objects like busts, sculptures and vases. Both materials come in clay form. After the clays are molded into their desired shapes and have dried, they can be carved, filed and sanded before they are fired in a kiln. Creating with clay is always an adventure!

TIME: 24 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: flex shaft

SKILL LEVEL: All levels

MATERIALS FEE: $75 to be collected at school

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

Students will make a palm tree using our original etching kit and resin trunks that already have been sold as a commodity. This kit has very fine detail and already both sides are printed. However all of the stems are flat as the leaves, because these are the etching parts. The leaves are no problem on their own, but the stem needs enhancing as it is flat.

So students will learn how to give a three-dimensional appearance to flat etching materials using the acrylic medium and techniques. They will learn painting techniques for the trunk that makes the plant look real. However, the students will experience making a stem from scratch using the stone powder clay. The instructors will teach beautiful finishing techniques so the palm tree looks like a real plant.

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


SKILL LEVEL: All levels

MATERIALS FEE: $82 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Miyuki Kobayashi, Artisan
COURSE: Clay Sculpting
PROJECT: Goldfish Aquarium

It was 500 years ago the first Wakin Goldfish came to Japan from China and it now exceeds over 30 kinds with many variations in color and characteristics. People can enjoy these various types including one having a long tailfin, one having a beautiful fin like a butterfly, one having a thin and sharp body, and one having a small pretty body like a ball.

The instructor wishes to provide students the time to make the goldfish slowly, carefully and to elaborate, so the 24-hour format will suit this perfectly. Making goldfish is a little bit more difficult than other fish so there has been the problem of enough time. The instructor would like to teach the differences and hopes her students will be able to enjoy the charm of each goldfish.

The prototype has five kinds of goldfish like a Wakin, Pop-eyes, and Rancyu, etc. Students can make these, or elaborate on only one kind, or can make a Carp, also. This time the size of the tank is bigger than previous classes so students can make a scene like the wonderful Japanese Garden in the tank.

TIME: 24 hours. Completion is likely.


SKILL LEVEL: All levels.

MATERIALS FEE: $66 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Chris Malcomson, Artisan
COURSE: Furniture Construction
PROJECT: Victorian Marquetry Sewing Box, c. 1860

Sewing boxes have always been very popular and varied. At their height around the 1850s, they became a piece of furniture in their own right with marquetry and other forms of decoration adorning their surfaces. This example has a shaped exterior adding to the difficulty. The techniques being taught are making the dovetailed carcass of the box, making the handmade cross bandings to border the panels, veneering, making and inlaying the marquetry, making and fitting the internal tray, and finishing and polishing.

Boxes are a fundamental part of any cabinetmaking and students will learn the techniques to enhance any piece of furniture using marquetry and veneering, as well as fitting out and hinging. A variety of veneers will be available so each student can add their own unique design ideas to the project.

TIME: 24 hours. Completion is likely.

POWER TOOLS: table saw

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

MATERIALS FEE: $20 to be collected at school

INSTRUCTOR: Mary Grady O’Brien, Fellow
COURSE: Decorative Painting
PROJECT: Yellow Maine Table and Bellows

When it comes to painted furniture nothing is more cheerful and attractive than the decorative patterns so typical of Maine. This table will compliment any antique grouping. This delicate design offers a number of examples of tole painting: the brush strokes are typically graceful especially combined with the crisp cross-hatching and delicate striping.

Because working with a limited color pallet on the same subject can become tedious, this class also offers a bellows for a change of pace during the drying process. Students will have a choice of patterns that will remain complimentary with the yellow theme. This piece will be less exacting and thus the artist will be afforded a little personal expression. Both projects are intended to develop new skills and techniques within the folk art arena.

The goal of this class is to help students become more familiar with the rich history of folk art and develop confidence for future projects. Additional brush stroke control will only enhance students’ abilities to add decorative touches to their future artistic projects. The desire to add some cheerful color and beauty to the home was very satisfying for our early settlers and allowed personal expression that continues to endure.

TIME: 24 hours. Completion is likely.


SKILL LEVEL: All levels.

MATERIALS FEE: $150 to be collected at school. The table is made by Mark Murphy and the bellows are made by Al Chandronnait.

INSTRUCTOR: Nancy Summers, Fellow
COURSE: Upholstery
PROJECT: Upholstering a Canopy Bed

Students will be given a finished bed frame to dress. They will be able to use some of their own decorating ideas in dressing their beds. There will be some hand sewing involved in making the dressings for the bed. The skirt and drapes will be made using different applications. Students will also make their sheets, covers and pillows. The instructor will have some very nice cottons that students can choose from, or students can bring their own. The instructor will also bring plenty of trims and laces for students to use on their beds.

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


SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate. Some knowledge of hand sewing will help.

MATERIALS FEE: $125 to be collected in advance of school