Windsor Chair making at the Library – November 9

by beth on October 29, 2019

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Above: Next week, Patrick Perkins will show library patrons how he makes old fashioned Windsor Chairs. (images from cropped from photos posted by Levi Heywood Memorial Library, top row credited to Tracie Pouliot)

A week from Saturday, the Southborough Library is bringing in a craftsman for a presentation on colonial style chair making:

Join Patrick Perkins as he shares his knowledge and experience designing and building Windsor chairs.

Updated flyer for Windsor Chair MakingDuring his presentation, Patrick will describe the types of wood used in chair construction and how wood is taken directly from logs and fashioned into finished chair parts. Patrick will also share examples of the antique-style tools used in chair construction and how milk paint and oil are combined to produce a durable finish.

I found more on Perkins expertise from an event he held at another library:

Following an inspirational trip to Colonial Williamsburg, Patrick Perkins built his first Windsor chair in the early 1980s. He has since built many Windsor chairs in several different styles using the same techniques and tools used in the construction of Windsor chairs throughout the 18th century.

The event is taking place on Saturday, November 9 at 1:00 pm on the main level at the Library. It is free to the public, thanks to sponsorship by the Friends of the Southborough Library.

The Library is bringing Perkins in based on the rave reviews he got from other Library’s where he demonstrated his techniques. Earlier this month, Levi Heywood Memorial Library shared pics from their event. (They also shared the pictures at the top of the post on the types of chairs.)

Updated (10/30/19 10:27 am): The Library updated the flyer to reflect that the event is sponsored by the Friends and that it will be recorded by Southborough Access Media.

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