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March Happenings

A view of our patterened wooden wares | Heller and Heller Furniture

I’m back! It is time to let the world know that I’m still thinking about woodworking, and actually doing it also. Posts over the next while will show the two really cool commissions I’ve made in the past six months, some smaller items that help pay the bills, and some classes I’ll be teaching this year.

But in this first post of the year let’s consider what I am committed to doing in the month of March:

The Chantilly Craftsmen’s Classics Art and Craft Festival on March 24-26 at the Chantilly Expo Center. It will be my only show in Northern Virginia this spring, and I hope to see you there. I’ve got some new Keepsake boxes sized to hold greeting cards and letters, and marquetry, and lots of new chopping boards to go with my jewelry boxes and decorated woodenware.

inlaid maple keepsake box for cards and momentos | Heller and Heller Furniture

On April 1-2, I will be teaching an Introduction to Veneering class  at the Waterford Foundation in Waterford, Virginia. This class for experienced woodworkers will introduce veneer as a decorative material. Students will make a four way matched panel with fillets and cross banding. This will teach cutting, arranging, and adhering veneers to a substrate.  Students will also practice traditional hammer veneering, which is a preferred application approach for certain types of veneered panels.

Veneering is not difficult and it does not require a large number of tools. It does have its peculiarities, mostly based on the unusual properties of wood that is 1/40” thick, so isn’t completely sure its wood any more. If the design possibilities of veneer appeal to you, this class will help you get on your way quickly. There is a limit of 8 students in the class, and there are currently still openings.

Later in the spring I also hope to teach a two day Introduction to Marquetry class in collaboration with the Washington Woodworkers Guild.  Finding a location is the current constraint to holding the class, but I am hopeful that it will proceed. We will be using scroll saws to learn the packet cutting approach to marquetry. I’ll post more information as the class gets closer to reality.

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