Build a “Not so Traditional” Blanket Chest with Steve Latta

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A well-made chest took on a wide variety of roles in the early years of our country. Closets, built-ins and even basic kitchen cabinets were just not a part of the households of early settlers. A blanket chest housed clothing and blankets, table cloths and curtains, cookware and keepsakes. The small till, which also functioned as a lid support, served as a storage bin for smaller and often, more valuable items. The lid was a convenient worktable for sewing, preparing meals or just propping up a pair of tired feet. Chests were given to adolescents, both boys and girls, as the first piece of what would become their household furnishings. Often personalized, they have survived for centuries finding homes in some of our finest museums and private collections the world over.

In this fast paced weeklong class, students will make a dovetailed blanket chest in their choice of walnut or cherry (please specify when registering). This class will feature a good mix of traditional blanket chest construction along with your choice of traditional- or contemporary style inlay. The chest you will make is sure to become a family heirloom. Sign up today! Tuition: $795.00 plus materials.

Section 062215A: Monday - Saturday, June 22 - 27, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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