Build a Chapin Drop Leaf Dining Table with Will Neptune
And- be a part of Connecticut Living History!
The shop of Eliphalet Chapin produced some of the best furniture in 18th Century Connecticut. The Drop Leaf Dining Room Table in the collection of Wood Memorial Library in South Windsor, CT is an excellent example. It shows the influence of Chapin’s Philadelphia training combined with the simple elegance typical of his designs. The piece has interesting construction features such as the wooden hinges for the swing support legs and the fitting of the drop leaf rule joint. These tables also share the graceful cabriole leg and dramatic ball and claw feet seen in Chapin chairs and case work.
This table is a practical way to save space in your home and will give you a chance to learn about several challenging woodworking problems. If you have not had a class with Will about carving the Chapin Ball and Claw, it is strongly recommended that you take the B & C class on June 7 & 8 . The two three- day weekend format will allow you plenty of time to work in your own shop at your own pace to practice and master the carving of the legs along with the challenging mortising of the drop leaf table hinges. We find that this extra time in between sessions is really beneficial to all in achieving the goal of a successful completion of the project.
This is another of our series of classes presented in partnership with The Windsor Historical Society. We will be measuring the original table exactly and will go to every effort to reproduce it faithfully. As in the past, should you wish to make the piece and submit it to the WHS jury to be selected as a permanent part of their collection, your tuition and materials will be paid by them. It should be noted that the drop leaf hinges that will be used in any table going into the Strong Howard house will be period correct blacksmith made hinges. Don’s miss this opportunity to learn from one of this country’s master furniture makers and be a part of Connecticut history at the same time!
Tuition: $795.00 plus materials
Section 071814A: Friday - Sunday, July 18 - 20 & August 1 - 3, 9:00am - 5:00pm
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