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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.

Stephen

3 Comments »

  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.

    Gary,
    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.

    Stephen

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

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