Non Guild Events

Upcoming Non-Guild events

    • May 11, 2019
    • March 22, 2020
    • Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road Harvard, Massachusetts 01451

    Fruitlands Museum

    102 Prospect Hill Road
    Harvard, Massachusetts 01451
    (978) 456.3924

    Printed from www.

    Visions of Design: Parallels in Mid-Century Modern and Shaker Furniture

    May 11, 2019 to March 22, 2020

    Lawrence Bloedel looking out to Mount Greylock;

    Hans Wegner, Chair, 1956, wood., F.149.1

    Visions of Design presents parallels found in Shaker furniture and Mid-century Modern furniture, with pieces drawn from Fruitlands Museum’s Shaker collection and from Field Farm in Williamstown, former home of avid modern art and furniture collectors Lawrence and Eleanor Pamedo Bloedel, which is now a six-room Bed and Breakfast. The Shakers, a religious communal society who settled throughout the eastern United States, flourishing in the mid-1800s, and the Modernists, recognized for their use of innovative aesthetic forms in the mid-twentieth century, were each inspired by close relationships with the landscape. Despite existing a century apart, their mutual sensitivity to place, materials, and intended use led both to prioritize purpose over decoration when creating and collecting furniture and art. The furniture and art in this exhibition may intrigue visitors to think differently about how the design of furniture evolves.

    In addition to comparison of these two collections, cabinetmaker Eli Cleveland, distinguished alumni of North Bennet Street School, Boston, will create replicas of three pieces of furniture in the exhibit, with yet-to-be assembled parts seeming to float in the center of the gallery, dramatically highlighting how the furniture was fabricated.

    • February 29, 2020
    • March 01, 2020
    • The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts, 116 Water St., Beverly, MA 01915

    A 2-day workshop entitled "Making Inlay Paterae" is led by guild member Michael Patrick Wheeler at Phil Lowe's Furniture Institute of Massachusetts, 116 Water St., Beverly, MA.

    What's a patera?  One of the distinguishing features of furniture of the Federal Period (1780-1825) were small ornamental oval inlays known as "paterae".  In this class, Michael will demonstrate how to lay out, cut, hot sand shade, brand, color and assemble pieces of veneers into a patera.  Shells, flowers, eagles, and geometric shapes were some different expressions used to embellish the furniture of that period.  Students will come away with a well rounded knowledge of techniques used in the period and still use today.  Observe a simplified development process...

    Dates: The comprehensive, hands-on workshop will be held on February 29 and Mar 1, 2020; 9:00 - 5:00 both days.

    Location: Furniture Institute of Massachusetts, 116 Water St., Beverly, MA  01915

    Skill Level Required: Beginner/Intermittent.

    Tuition: $375.00 which includes materials.

    Registration: Call the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts at 1-978-922-0615.  To clarify any questions, you can reach Michael at 617.308.1799 or

    Tools/Supplies: Bring the basics and what you may have from the list below.  Michael will provide supplemental tools including:

    1. 12” Combination square

    2. X-Acto Knife & extra blades

    3. Pencils

    4. Ruler/straight edge

    5. 1/2” chisel     

    6. Jewelers saw using Niqua Superior Blades #2/OS

        (0.008 x 0.023 x 31TPI)

    7. Blue painters tape

    8. Glue stick

    9. Templates/Patterns

    10. Veneer Pins

    11. Butterboard

    12. Tweezers

    13. Garnet

    14. Colors/D

    15. Black & White Veneers, .09mm Thick

    16. Electric Hot Plate

Past events

February 01, 2020 Lexington Woodworker's Guild Annual Show
November 08, 2019 Providence Fine Furniture Show
November 01, 2019 North Bennett St School Open House
October 19, 2019 OSV Woodorking Forum: Tools, Techniques and Traditions
September 14, 2019 "Respecting the Grain" Show in Lexington
July 27, 2019 Berkshgire Woodworker's Guild Show
July 13, 2019 Sliding Dovetails: An Interactive Demo with Eli Cleveland
May 11, 2019 A Passion for American Art: Selections from the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Collection
May 03, 2019 Martin J Donnelly Vintage Tool Auction & tailgating sales
May 01, 2019 Celebration of Craft - NBSS student and alumni exhibit
April 06, 2019 Lexington Woodworker's Show
March 30, 2019 Northeast Woodworkers Assoc. Showcase
January 11, 2019 The Woodworking Show
November 16, 2018 Paradise City Arts Festival
November 09, 2018 23nd Annual New England Fine Furnishings Show
November 02, 2018 NBSS Open House
November 01, 2018 The Art of Handcrafted Studio Furniture 11/1 to 12/14
July 20, 2018 SAPFM Mid-year Conference
June 04, 2018 NBSS Adventures in Craft
May 12, 2018 New England Woodturning Symposium
May 11, 2018 Furniture of Isaac Vose & Thomas Seymour, 1815 to 1825
April 20, 2018 Fine Woodworking LIVE 2018
April 19, 2018 Live Free or Die used and antique tool sale and auction
April 19, 2018 CraftBoston
April 16, 2018 Reception in Lexingtion, MA sponsored by Center of Furniture Craftsmanship (Rockport, ME)
March 24, 2018 Fine Woodworking show (not FWW magazine)
March 03, 2018 Conversations in Craft
February 24, 2018 Collaborative Exhibit with NBSS and Fruitlands Museum (ongoing)
February 10, 2018 Conversation in Craft: Curator Stories
January 25, 2018 Working Wood in the 18th Century - Workmanship of Risk: Exploring Period Tools and Shops
January 12, 2018 The Wood Working Show
December 02, 2017 Conversations in Craft Exhibition
December 02, 2017 Making Black and White Banding
December 01, 2017 Lie-Neilsen Free Hand Tool Event
November 17, 2017 Open House, North Bennet Street School
October 17, 2017 Industrial Machines, Tools and Trucks Auction in Littleton, MA
October 11, 2017 Chair & Furniture Mfg Auction
September 15, 2017 Live Free or Die Antique Tool Auction
September 13, 2017 Used tool flea market (IMPORTANT NOTICE)
August 19, 2017 Bill Spicer Auctions tool auction
June 16, 2017 Planed, Grained, & Dovetailed: Cabinetmaking in Rural New England
May 16, 2017 NBSS Annual Student & Alumni Exhibit
May 05, 2017 Why We Collect: Recent Acquisitions at Historic Deerfield, 2010-2017
April 28, 2017 Live Free or Die semi-annual tool auction and sale
April 01, 2017 NWA Woodworker's Showcase
February 25, 2017 Lexington Arts & Crafts Society - Woodworkers Guild Exhibit
January 13, 2017 The Woodworking Show
January 05, 2017 Open Workshops
December 28, 2016 Make a Moxon Double-Screw Vise with Mickey Callahan
December 02, 2016 Lie-Neilson Hand Tool Event
November 18, 2016 North Bennett Street School Open House
November 04, 2016 Fine Furnishings Show
September 23, 2016 Live Free or Die Tool Auction
August 29, 2016 Fine Tool Journal Auction
May 16, 2016 NBSS Annual Celebration of Craft
April 22, 2016 Live Free or Die Tool Auction
April 02, 2016 Northeastern Woodworkers Association Showcase
March 19, 2016 Brock Jobe Lecture
March 18, 2016 Paradise City Marlborough
October 04, 2015 Windsor Historical Society Exhibit
September 18, 2015 Live Free or Die Tool Auction
February 20, 2015 The Furniture Project
February 07, 2015 Woodcraft Woburn Open House (w/EMGW display)
January 17, 2015 Woodcraft Walpole Open House (w/EMGW display)
January 10, 2015 The Woodworking Show (w/EMGW booth)
September 24, 2014 Paul Revere Memorial Association Lecture Series: The Best Workman in the Shop: Cabinetmaker William Monroe of Concord, Massachusetts
September 19, 2014 Live Free or Die Tool Auction
September 10, 2014 Paul Revere Memorial Association Lecture Series: Refurnishing Boston’s Historic Council Chamber
September 03, 2014 Paul Revere Memorial Association Lecture Series: High-Style Craftsmanship and Patronage in Marblehead on the Eve of Independence

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