Dawks at the Yale Furniture Study

Joshua Klein, a furniture maker and conservator based in Brooklin, Maine, visits the Furniture Study to demonstrate woodturning techniques used in 17th- and 18th-century furniture making, using a traditional foot-powered treadle lathe.

A few weeks ago I was invited by the Yale University Art Gallery to do a presentation on colonial wood turning. The event took place at their legendary Furniture Study in lieu of their weekly public tour. During the presentation, I highlighted the differences between the work of the cabinetmaker and the work of the turner and then discussed how lathe turning uniquely satisfied the demands of the preindustrial artisan […]

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