Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Museum Village is offering skills workshops for veterans, but anyone else interested in taking a class is welcome too. Museum Director Robert Schmick says “Orange County has a very large number of veterans, and we want to offer them opportunities to learn about some traditional trades and skills that connect with our 19th century setting that they might enjoy doing and which could become part of a side business.” There will be a 15 percent discount on tuition for veterans with an ID.
The first three, Beginning Blacksmithing, Backyard Woodworking, and Chair Caning are planned for January and February. Warwick rustic woodworker Daniel Mack is doing the Backyard Woodworking. He’s made his living for 30 years from making things from sticks, logs, driftwood and trees. “I’d like to share both the technical parts of this work and offer some marketing advice on selling rustic objects.
Learn how to cane a chair. You will have the choice of natural or artificial rush, cane, and other varieties. Tools will be provided but you can bring your own. Materials for one chair will be provided. Your own seat-free chair required. Class Limit: 8 Tuition: $100 for four 7-9PM sessions on Jan. 24, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, & Feb. 14.
This workshop provides the basic skills to make rustic projects from common woods and driftwood and to possibly start a small side business. The workshop runs for six Saturday mornings,10AM -2PM starting January 14. It meets at different locations around the county, including rustic woodworker Daniel Mack’s studio in Warwick, Museum Village, Bear Mountain, and the Newburgh waterfront. Class limit: 8-10
4 Days of Intensive Blacksmithing for Tuition/ 24 Hours of Instruction/$375 Friday, January 20: 5-9PM, Saturday, January 21: 10-6PM, Sunday, January 22: 10-6PM, & Monday, January 23: 5-9PM
Class limit: 6
Learn the basics of blacksmithing: tapering, bending, cutting and more. Make a set of skewers, spatula, spoon, door knocker, and tomahawk under the guidance of Adriaan Gerber. Gerber is a working blacksmith who creates entirely with hand tools high-quality axes, knives and swords that are sold worldwide. His home smithy is in Lamoine, Maine, near Acadia.
On Jan.18 & 19, 11-1PM, a free blacksmithing demonstration (Making a Tomahawk) is scheduled at Museum Village for those interested in taking this blacksmithing course or are curious.
Tuition for the Backyard Woodworking and Beginning Blacksmithing course is $375 for 24 hours of instruction. Chair Caning is $100 for 8 hours of instruction.
Sponsors are also being sought to help make this affordable for any veteran who wants to take it. This series is being offered as part of the Orange County Art Councils Arts for Vets Project.
To register, or offer to sponsor a veteran, or for more information, visit: museumvillage.blogspot.com, or call 845-781-3729 or email:
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Syllabus: Backyard Rustic Woodworking for Veterans
Saturdays, Jan 14 - Feb 18 2012, 10AM-2PM
Make a Small Chair, Table, Land Art, Carving, Accessories, Learn about Marketing
Rustic Woodworker Daniel Mack has been working with fallen wood, saplings, logs and driftwood for 30 years. He uses a variety of simple, traditional and contemporary woodworking tools to make furniture, architectural elements, accessories and sculptures. This workshop provide the basic skills to make rustic projects from common woods and driftwood and possibly start a small side business. More information go to museumvillage.blogspot.com.
January 14 at Dan Mack’s Shop, 14 Welling Ave., Warwick, NY
Rustic is just putting some patterns or forms on some materials
10 Meet, Tour studio area, Discuss materials, tools, safety possible projects,
10:30 Tools/Techniques Demo 1: mortise and tenon joint: by hand, with cutters
11-1 Make a Small Table: 4 holes, four tenoned legs Finishing options
1:30 Tools/Techniques Demo 4: power carvers, power chisels
January 21 at Dan Mack’s Shop, 14 Welling Ave., Warwick, NY
10 Tools/Techniques Demo 2: Drill Press, Big Drill, Chop Saw
11-2 Make a 12” Trophy Chair to get practice with tools, sticks, joint-making
January 28 at Museum Village, 1010 Rt.17M, Monroe, NY
10 Tour and Introduction and practice with the hand tools of woodworking
Hand Tool projects/Skills building1:30 Marketing Talk : Basic Writing skills, photography skills, elevator speech
February 4 at Newburgh Waterfront and/or Plum Point.
10 Introduction to working with driftwood: coped joints, mechanical joinery
Practice Land Art with Driftwood
1:30 Marketing Talk #3 networking, on-line and off-line; Media and Social media
February 11 at Museum Village, 1010 Rt. 17M, Monroe, NY
10 Small-scale woodworking. Intro to whittling, carving and rustic accessories.
11 Work on small-scale projects
1:30 Directions for Marketing and Selling
February 18 at Bear Mt. Park
10 Visit several Outdoor Benches Large scale Joinery, durability
11 Tour BMI Lobby: Birch Bark veneering
12 Gift Shop: who’s selling what?
1 Snack Bar: Marketing Talk; close of Workshop
CHECKLIST Workshop 2012
Increased facility with tools and techniques, Better understanding of personal sense of design, motivations for Making, appreciation for breadth--the “grammar”---
of natural materials
Cutting Tools Loppers, Clippers, Knives, Hand Carving Tools, Saws: Hand folding, Bow,
Circular, Chop Saw, Reciprocating, Jig, Chain Saw: Gas, electric, Safety and blocking
Tenon Cutter: stationary, changing heads, adjusting blades, Safety and blocking
Portable (Lee Valley): methods of use; Alternatives: Hand Cutting, Chisels, hole saws, grinders
Antique Tools: hollow auger, spoke pointer, Rounder
Drills: 1/2”, 3/8” corded, battery, “keyless chuck”
Drill Bits Varieties, uses
Drill Press: floor, table model, Use of V Blocks, shims
Holding Hands in Gloves Vises, Clamp, extensions, bungees, Shaving Horse
Finishing Rationale(s) Grinders, Dremel, Sanders: Random Orbital, etc.
Techniques: Several Techniques can get similar results; Which to use??
Acquiring: The Hunt: Gleaning, Buying
Construction: Mortise/Tenon, Wedged Tenons Mechanicals: rationale, screws,(trims, timberlocs...)
Chemical: Glues: varieties, conditions for use
Alternative Joinery: Gravity, wire string, wax, velcro
Bark Applique handling, adhesion, trimming, finish
Finishing Oils, stains, lye, vinegar,
Sealers: oils, water-based, wipe-ons, Waxing
Woods: Identifying, Acquiring, Harvesting, Peeling, Storing Drying and Kilns and Bugs
“Country” Drawknife/Shaving Horse, axe, froe, spoke shave
Seating: Seat Weaving, Upholstery
Tricks and Tips: markers, paints, plugs, dirt, acorns, leveling legs
Outering/Uttering writing skills, speaking skills
Marketing selling windows or mirrors?
Slab Wood and Driftwood to make benches and stools, Dry Sticks with Bark
Peeled, Fresh Cut: Hickory, Mulberry, & Maple
Purchased rustic materials: “fence posts”, fencing, lumber, Re-Claimed Wood, & planks
Exotics: White Birch Bark
Found Objects: stones, bones, feathers, soil, water, nests,
Projects: Time to Allow for Projects
Headboard 4 hrs Table structure 4-6 hrs
Elements of Rustic Design Rustic is an attitude, a mirror, a window
Human nature loves heartily well-balanced irregularity and longs for it in life, in character, and in almost everything else .
Calvert Vaux Villa and Cottage Architecture 1864
Rustic = affinity of opposites: geometry/nature, order/chaos, mater/pater, understructure/over structure,
Rustic = Linear and non-linear Geometry,
Rustic = The Need, the Intention, The Hunt, Making, Moving Along.
Rustic = geometry + craft + natural materials
Rustic = simple understructure + interesting feature
Rustic = mortality, transience, but not permanence
Rustic = a copy, interpretation, homage of something else.
Slide Talks: Dictionary of Rustic, Rustic in Architecture, Spirit of Rustic
The Four Needs: The Need for Wonder, The Need for Dexterity (hand-spirit, Infinite Play), The Need for Stories (the Diamonic), The Need for the Organic/Sensual/The Freal/The Carnal (Green Man./Al Khdir)
Nature-Time-Patience are 3 great healers
The “Other” Courses… Visitors to be alert for:
Your family: who visited you this week?? Who are you Building What For? Why?
Moods: frustration, slow, fast, Encounters with rude people, kind people, young people, the same people
Inferiores: the rest of the clan, the gremlins, the preferred, deferred and denied s’elfs, Dreams Coincidences,
Encounters with the Elements: fire, earth, water, air, moon, rain, cold, sweat, sun, smell, noise, movement
What Creatures Appear?: snakes (life energy), mosquitoes (persistence), rabbits, coyotes (trickster), spider(balance), butterfly(change/grace), salamanders(adaptable), bear(strong/introspective), raccoon(curious, playful pesky), fox(clever/adapts), ants(patient), heron(solitary), deer(sensitivity), owl (insight), hawk (vision/aggression), frog(healing/cleansing/transformation),
Activities/Exercises to honor the Other unconscious workshop
“Smalls”, Toys Land-Based Arrangement
Objects reflecting various techniques/materials
Points of Rustic Interest for Possible Side Trips
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
1010 State Route 17M, Monroe, NY 10950
On Jan.18 & 19, 11-1PM, a free blacksmithing demonstration ( Making a Tomahawk) at Museum Village for those interested in taking this course and/or blacksmithing.
4 Days of Intensive Blacksmithing for Tuition/ 24 Hours of Instruction/$375, materials included. Friday, January 20: 5-9PM, Saturday, January 21: 10-6PM Sunday, January 22: 10-6PM, & Monday, January 23: 5-9PM.
Class Limit: 6
Where: Museum Village
To reserve your place in the class or for information, contact Robert Schmick, Museum Director, Museum Village, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Call 845-781-3729
Mr. Gerber is a full time blacksmith. He refers to himself as a “bladesmith”, as much of his creative output results in high quality knives, axes, and swords that he sells world-wide. These objects are entirely created by hand and without power tools, although most recently Mr. Gerber has employed the use of an antique trip hammer for the purpose of preparing the metal billets he uses in his work. Mr. Gerber’s home smithy is located in Lamoine, Maine, near Acadia National Park.
Day 1 / 5-9PM, 4Hours: Introduction to Safety, Materials and tools of the trade. Tapering. Drawing Out Metal. Forging square taper to octagonal and round. Bending over the horn. Twisting. Make a drift tool for punching holes. Temper. Using the Cross Pein Hammer or drilling hammer to forge a basic s-hook. Decorative Bending. Setting down using half-faced blows. Make "S" Hook and/or "J" Hook.
Day 2/ 10-6PM, 8 Hours: Forge a Set of Skewers with fancy handles using knowledge from prior class. More hot-cutting and splitting. Separating split parts for better access. Smoothing out cuts using the vise. Tapering to a square point. Drawing out metal. Forging square taper to octagonal and round. Flattening and twisting. Forging out a meat fork. Upsetting. Reducing metal width to form a neck. Preventing folds. Flattening. Drawing Down, bending and filing using the vise.
Day 3/ 10-6PM, 8 Hours: Using knowledge from Day 2 forge out a spatula (to be used for forge welding). Work on prior projects, if necessitated. Preparing for Welding. Upsetting and Scarfing. Fire Control For Welding. Using Flux. Forge Welding. Forging a spoon.
Day 4/ 5-9PM, 4 Hours: Preparing for Welding. Upsetting and Scarfing. Fire Control For Welding. Using Flux. Forge Welding a Ring. Punching a Square Slot. Punching Mounting Holes. Forging a Door Knocker.Forge Studio. Drawing down. Folding and welding. Preparing steel blade insert. Welding high-carbon Steel. Cutting and Spreading. Heat treating high-carbon steel. Forging a Tomahawk.
See Adriaan Gerber in action in this video (click):
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Time: Wednesdays, 7-9PM, Nov. 16 & 30
Four hours of instruction and all materials provided.
Semi-precious stone beads and pearl accent beads, beads in various colors and sizes, needles, weaving materials, work surface, storage box.
Tuition: $75, Class limit: 8
Time: Tuesday, 7-9PM, Nov. 15 &29, Dec.6 &13.
Eight hours of instruction and all materials provided.
Learn cane or reed seat weaving on your wooden chair treasure. Chair frames available for an extra cost, if necessitated.
Tuition: $100, Class limited: 8
Time: Tuesday, 7-9PM, Nov. 15, 29 & Dec. 6.
Three 2 hour classes. Bring: 1 skein of worsted weight yarn and Size “G” crochet hook.
Weeknight evenings from 6:30PM - 9:30 PM and Saturdays from 3:00PM - 6:00 PM. The cost for seven sessions is $245.00 and includes all materials used in class, such as clay, glazes, stains, etc. and firing costs. For first time students, we include a set of pottery tools as well. The seven sessions can be taken any time within a four month period. For more information on specifically pottery Classes, contact Tim and Aluca Lindstrom (Owls Well Pottery) at 845-781-3736 or 845-248-1601
*All workshop reservations and payment hours, except pottery, should be 10-3 @ Tel. 845-782-8248, Ext. 21, or leave message; we’ll get back to you. Email: email@example.com
4 Consecutive Days of Intensive Blacksmithing/
24 Hours of Instruction
Date: To Be Announced
Materials Fee: $25
Class Limit: 6
Where: Museum Village, “The Other Smithy”
Instructor: Adriaan Gerber
If interested, contact Robert Schmick, Museum Director, Museum Village, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-781-3729
Mr. Gerber is a largely self-taught, full time blacksmith. He refers to himself as a “bladesmith”, as much of his creative output results in high quality knives, axes, and swords that he sells world-wide. These objects are entirely created by hand and without power tools, although most recently Mr. Gerber has employed the use of an antique trip hammer for the purpose of preparing the metal billets he uses in his work. Mr. Gerber’s home smithy is located in Lamoine, Maine.
Day 1 / 3-9PM, 6 Hours
Introduction to Safety, Materials and tools of the trade. Tapering to a square point. Drawing Out Metal. Forging square taper to octagonal and round. Bending over the horn. Twisting. Make a drift tool for punching holes. Temper. Using the Cross Pein Hammer to forge a basic s-hook. Decorative Bending. Setting down using half-faced blows.
Day 2/ 10-5PM, 6 Hours
Forge a Set of Skewers with fancy handles using knowledge from prior class. More hot-cutting and splitting. Separating split parts for better access. Smoothing out cuts using the vise. Tapering to a square point. Drawing out metal. Forging square taper to octagonal and round. Flattening and twisting. Forging out a meat fork. Upsetting. Reducing metal width to form a neck. Preventing folds. Flattening. Drawing Down, bending and filing using the vise.
Day 3/ 10-5PM, 6 Hours
Using knowledge from Tueday’s class forge out a spatula (to be used for forge welding). Work on prior projects, if necessitated. Preparing for Welding. Upsetting and Scarfing. Fire Control For Welding. Using Flux. Forge Welding. Forging a spoon.
Day 4/ 3-9PM, 6 Hours
Preparing for Welding. Upsetting and Scarfing. Fire Control For Welding. Using Flux. Forge Welding a Ring. Punching a Square Slot. Punching Mounting Holes. Forging a Door Knocker.
Forge Studio. Drawing down. Folding and welding. Preparing steel blade insert. Welding high-carbon Steel. Cutting and Spreading. Heat treating high-carbon steel. Forging a Tomahawk.
Weekend Workshop: Making a Tomahawk and Hunting Knife Blade
Saturday, 10-3PM & Sunday, 10-3PM
Date: To Be Announced
Class Limit: 6
If interested, contact Robert Schmick, Museum Director, Museum Village, email: email@example.com or 845-781-3729
For the intermediate level blacksmithing student only, or those who completed Museum Village’s beginning blacksmithing class. Draw down mild steel shape of tomahawk and hunting blade. Prepare steel blade edge inserts for both projects. Forge welding. Heat treating high-carbon steel.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Another smaller version, approximately eight feet in diameter, could have been used for any number of tasks including shredding fodder, shelling corn, or threshing oats and wheat on a smaller scale than that depicted in the photos included here. It has suffered deterioration, and it will be restored in the near future as an exhibition particularly showcasing these machines is developed.
Smith recalled in his autobiographical essay “A Brief Story of My Life---A Country Boy” that “the little dog treadmill that stood under a little shed immediately adjacent to the kitchen. This was used to churn milk and make butter and the dog was the power that operated the treadmill. He knew which day of the week the churning was to be done and he tried to be absent or hiding away out of sight that day so he wouldn’t have that work to do.”
The two existing treadmills in the collection have suffered some deterioration as well over the years, and it is our plan to restore them to operational condition. The worst of the two recently travelled to the State of Maine where it is on loan to The Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum. A victim to dry rot, the fabric belt that holds the wooden cleats of its tread will be repaired and exhibited in the next six months before returning to Museum Village.