The Cabinetmaker DVD

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  • Part 11 of our Archive Series
  • 1999 documentary on traditional methods of furniture structure and decoration
  • Run time 36 minutes
  • Extra: "Basketmaking in Colonial Virginia" (1968), 28 minutes
  • Extra: "The Art and Artisans of Southern Furniture" (1997), 21 minutes
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    Part 11 of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Archive Series: The Trades of Colonial Williamsburg

    The Cabinetmaker Crafting a Card Table

    Antique furniture produced in 18th-century Williamsburg serves as patterns for work produced today in Colonial Williamsburg's restored Hay's Cabinetmaking Shop.

    This documentary captures the master of the shop as he uses the tools and technology of the era to reproduce the sculpted cabriole legs, carved ball and claw feet, carved acanthus leaf decoration, mortise and tenon, dovetails, and a wooden hinge of a 1760s card table.

    Our program will interest collectors and producers of fine furniture and technical enthusiasts who want to know more about traditional methods of furniture structure and decoration.

    Extra features: "Basketmaking in Colonial Virginia" (1968) lets you marvel as skilled traditional craftspeople transform white oak logs into finished baskets, and "The Art and Artisans of Southern Furniture" (1997) pools the expertise of Colonial Williamsburg's curators, conservators, archaeologists, and historic tradespeople to reveal the merits of early Southern furniture and the technical skills of its creators.

    The Cabinetmaker: Crafting a Card Table DVD, No. 301255

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