SAPFM Winter Meeting
When: Saturday, March 1, 2014
Where: Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking, Manchester, CT
It's all about Connecticut Furniture
Within 18th century Connecticut, there are several distinct styles, each with its own influences and appearances. Understanding these differences requires an awareness of other regional styles and the ways they were adapted by local cabinetmakers. Social history, trade patterns and the economy all played a role in forming this vibrant and inventive tradition. Join Alyce Englund, Christina Vida, Will Neptune, and Steve Brown as we examine the complex story of late 18th century Connecticut.
Alyce, Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, will set the stage by describing the atmosphere in CT during this time. How did areas that are close in distance diverge in style so dramatically? Most striking is the willingness of Connecticut craftsmen to adapt other styles rather than directly copy them. Traces of Boston, Newport and Philadelphia are present but what forces were at work as these influences appear? Colchester is not that far from Hartford after all, but look at the difference in the furniture that was produced!
Will Neptune has a special interest in the work of East Windsor cabinetmaker Eliphalet Chapin. Looking at this body of work as a furniture maker, Will has found evidence of geometric methods in design and pattern layout. The distinctive appearance of work from the Chapin shop is a combination of this careful proportioning and meticulous workmanship. Will is going to demonstrate the geometry that he believes Chapin used in the layout and shaping of the aprons and pediments on the high chests being produced in his shop.
Christina Vida is the Curator of the Windsor Historical Society and has spent the last 3 years researching the probate inventories, the economic atmosphere and the familial relationships in Windsor, CT. Where Alyce spoke about conditions influencing furniture making throughout the state of Connecticut, Christina will focus on what was going on in Windsor to foster the growth of such a great furniture making tradition. Steve Brown, instructor at the North Bennet Street School will demonstrate, along with Will, some of the interesting construction techniques used by Connecticut furniture makers.
It should be a great day and one you will not want to miss!
The non-refundable SAPFM member registration fee for the day long event is $40 per person. The non-member fee is $45 per person. Seating will be limited and registration in advance will be necessary to ensure admittance.
Light refreshments and lunch are included in the registration fee and will be available throughout the day in the form of coffee, juice, water, donuts, etc. In addition, a lunch of sandwiches, pizza, salad and soft drinks will be provided. For further information, please go to www.sapfm.org or contact Bob Van Dyke at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking at 860.729.3186 or Mickey Callahan at 508.954.1725.
If paying by check, make it out to SAPFM and mail to the following address: SAPFM New England Chapter, c/o Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking, 249 Spencer Street, Manchester, CT 06040. Please make sure your address and phone number are on the check. If you plan to bring a guest or another member, please list their name, address, and phone number as well. If you wish to pay by credit card or with PayPal, please register online by following the instructions provided.