JULY 17,2011

It seems like we just started and we are already preparing for our Show at The Art Alliance August 5th. Yesterday was open studio day. The public was invited in to see our work in progress and ask questions. We had a great group who asked the kind of questions I am always interested in, not just how do you do it ,but why and what is the future of wood art. We had a lively discussion. This week the ITE group had another potluck in the courtyard. We invited Albert and Tina Lecoff . Albert is the visionary who created the WoodTurning Center, soon to be the Center for Art in Wood, and the ITE program . He was basically the founder of the feast as we are all using our stipend for food and living expenses. The spread was amazing as usual. There were Stuffed jalepenos, chicken wings, salads, roast and bread. This was also the week our Scholar Jennifer Zwilling joined us. We got her going in the shop . She turned a few small objects. Her specialty is American Decorative Arts. During the week we went to Winterthur which is a collection of American Decorative Arts started by H.W.Dupont. It was mind blowing. Jenn arranged for us to be guided around the collection by Charles Hummel, Curator Ameritas. Charley’s knowledge was expansive. As a young Man he worked with Dupont building and Cataloging the collection, which is huge. In one full day we only saw one tenth of it. They have a complete workshop started in the late 1700’s complete with the tools and jigs the family used until the mid 1800s. Because we were with Charley we got to go into the exhibit and hold the tools. I love the  layers of use and history contained in each tool. On Friday we went to the Philadelphia Art Museum to see where objects are restored. It was fascinating to see the objects as they come in and learn the thought process that occurs on each piece. It is total detective work. They use simple woodworking tools combined with modern scientific contraptions. It was fascinating to say the least. We then went to a house that the museum owns in Fairmont Park. The house was built in the late 1700’s by a family called Mcphearson. Chris the conservationist told us about the family history and the architectural history. He showed us the Carvings that he reproduced and how he figured out what they would look like. It has been another full week. Here are some pictures.

view from the widows walk

I made Buffalo wings

Albert Lecoff

Art Museum

Kim and Dan

Shop at Philly Art Museum

Our Scholar with baby Harry

Section of Carving that Chris reproduced

About turningaroundamerica

Collaborative Team of Jenn Moller and Beth Ireland
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