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April 16, 2012

Finishing Louisiana Furnishings

Is the title of the lecture I am presenting on April 20, 2012 [my birthday] to The Historic New Orleans Collection in the Big Easy.  More information is available on their web site.

I shipped my tools last week and they have safely arrived in New Orleans.  I didn’t want to explain steel graining combs, checker rollers or a toothing plane blade to airport security.  I think I will be carefully scrutinized as it is, without raising any other red flags.


Looking forward to seeing Acadian and Creole Furniture from the 18th and 19th century including a large collection of Campeachy Chairs.  A lot of French influence in the furniture design, I will be looking at the joints and construction techniques.


Should be a fun trip as this is my first airplane flight in 14 years, I think things may have changed.  Looking forward to some gulf shrimp and other local cuisine.



  1. Let the good times roll, buddy. One woodworking item of interest is the rebuilt roof of the Cabildo, the City Hall built during Napoleon’s time. A fire destroyed the attic and roof in the nineties and a consortium of historic timber framers, many whom I know, got the commission to build it. They were granted a special permit to harvest virgin cypress from the State of Florida. The slide show I saw of it going together was impressive.

    Comment by Tico Vogt — April 16, 2012 @ 10:43 am

  2. I am curious to find out what security will think when they see how you are clothed.

    Comment by Gary Roberts — April 17, 2012 @ 6:42 am

  3. Tico,
    I saw so much great old architecture let alone furniture to satisfy me for quite a while.

    Security was at its best, I guess. Full pat down, my bulky clothing and bulges [suspenders, etc] sent their machines crazy, but they were all very pleasent and I even got them to laugh.

    I had a great time I will be posting a video of the steam calliope on the Steamboat Natchez, what a trip.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — April 23, 2012 @ 7:39 am

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