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 Fall & Winter class schedule now available.

Build a Pennsylvania Spice Box with Steve Latta

Rich Mrzinski spice box closedSpice boxes, or chests, were popular among the Quakers of the Delaware Valley during the late seventeenth and throughout the eighteenth centuries, remaining fashionable in Pennsylvania long after falling out of style elsewhere. The boxes, whose interiors were fitted with banks of small drawers, were often displayed in the public rooms of homes, functioning as both a repository for small valuables, such as spices and silver items, and as a symbol of the family's prosperity. The cases were most often made of walnut, with inlays consisting of combinations of maple, boxwood, holly, cherry, walnut burl, locust, and red cedar set into the surface for contrast.

We are please to welcome back nationally known furniture maker, author and instructor, Steve Latta, whose Pennsylvania Spice Box article was  published in Fine Woodworking magazine (issue # 196). In this unique weekend series of classes, we will cover all of the necessary steps to complete a box similar to the one pictured here. It may be a small in size, a mere 21 inches in height, but it has all the complexity of a full chest-of-drawers complete with a dovetailed case and drawers, partitions, molding and bracket feet. We will devote a portion of the class to exploring the techniques Steve uses to accomplish the intricate inlay work that is so characteristic of these great American treasures. The unique class format of meeting once a month over a period of months allows you to learn and accomplish more than you could in a week-long class. The project’s level of detail lends itself to careful work at home in your own shop- at your own pace. The level of ornamentation that you may want to add to the project is really up to you- but you should not expect to finish it all in class if you are not able to devote some time at home on the project. This is a great project with one of the best teachers in the country. You will learn new skills and techniques that you can use in any number of larger and more challenging projects.

Sign up today as space is limited. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

Section 092212A: Saturday & Sunday, September 22 & 23, November 10 & 11, December 15 & 16 and January 19 & 20, 9:30am –5:00pm   

(Note: This class was previously scheduled for 3 weekends  @ $695.00)                                                      

                                                                                               Spice Box Latta

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1/31/2012

Bob,
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for making my first woodworking project a wonderful experience.

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3/17/2012

Matt,
Thanks for a great class today at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking.

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