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Monday, February 4, 2013

Front entry of Governor's Palace Williamsburg

This is what my Pete Kendall's class at Williamsburg is based on---the entry of the Governor's Palace. I am under the impression that classes offered at the IGMA Williamsburg Guild School has to be based on actual items found at/in Williamsburg.

This is Pete Kendall's prototype/miniature replica of the Governor Palace's front entry.

This was an 18-hour class. We got the paneled door, dados, mopboard and chair railing done. Probably if it had been a one-week class, we would have had a good chance of completing or close to completing.

If you ever decide to take one of Pete Kendall's class, here is what you can expect:

1- You will likely not complete the project. He told us that when we started the class. Compressing an 18-DAY project into an 18-HOUR class just is not possible. The only way to finish one of his class is if every wood piece had been pre-cut, and all you would do is assemble, glue, and paint.

2- In his class you will route some wood moldings and cut to size on a table saw. He sets up the table saws and router, but you get the feel of routing and cutting on a table saw. He uses the Preac table saw and Anker router/shaper.

3- He emails you a list of supplies to bring to class, but if you are crunched for space because you are flying I wouldn't worry about getting every single item on the list. He has multiples of everything on the list (cutting boards, sand paper, emery boards, Exacto knives, paint brushes, masking tape).

4- The items you REALLY NEED in his class are:
    PENCIL& PEN to take notes and label wood pieces
     24-36" MAILING TUBE to store the wood moldings received in class to take home and         protect,    
    PRE-LABELED NAME/ADDRESS LABELS to stick on your belongings and to keep from mixing up with other people's stuff
   6" and 12" MEASURING RULERS (he sells these for $6 and $12 respectively). These are indispensable for any respectable woodworker or miniaturist. They are stainless steel, and have 1/16, 1/32, 1/64 increments labeled for easy reading and measuring on one side, and on the other side it's metric with 1/10 and 1/100 increments. They are the best rulers I have seen for measuring and marking.

5- The instructions for the wkshop is a small book in itself, but it's all double spaced on single sided pages. He includes oversized pics of certain architectural elements in the project for reference. However, it's not written in a way that you could pick up and start building on your own. You need to be in class so he can demonstrate certain techniques and placement of items.

One lady in class cheerfully admitted, "I never read instructions." I was right behind her. Pictures and demos say a thousand words.

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