Sheraton Mirror Master Class
The Sheraton Mirror Master Class got together last weekend to complete their projects, in their last session. Things went smoothly as students laid out the various parts in preparation for a tedious and challenging assembly. In order to keep the work moving, I performed the more mundane milling of moldings and cap pieces for the students before they arrived for the weekend workshop. Even with that out of the way, there was still lots to do.
The Federal period mirrors of this type had an architectural character, with cornice moldings, projecting columns, and plinths; so there were a lot of parts to create, arrange and keep track of. For the woodworking student, the appeal of this project is that it requires a range of skills. There was a little carving, a little veneering, and a little turning, all kept to a manageable level. But the most eye-catching thing about the design was the split-turned sections and rope carvings that flank the mirror. The frame is capped with a lively cornice that is punctuated with a number of miters.
Once the students completed the frame assembly, Alan and I cut their back panels from thin plywood and distributed the mirror glass. As the students gathered up their tools and packed to leave, We looked over their efforts. I was impressed with their clean and precise craftsmanship.
Congratulations to everyone.