Sunday, July 25, 2010

Whitledge-Burgess Connection

Ray Whitledge and Scott Burgess are teaching a great class, "La Coeur de la Maison" in Milwaukee, WI on October 13-16, 2010.  As you might guess, it's a lovely Country French style room. The original has two of my room boxes built into one of the back walls.  You can see it at:

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Christmas in July

For some reason, I always start thinking about Christmas around this time of year. (Maybe it has something to do with a longing for cooler westher!) That may be why I decided that my class for Tom Bishop's 2011 Chicago Show would be a Christmas Dome.  Here it is:

I included the penny in the shot so that people not familiar with my work could easily see what the scale is. In the past, some people have signed up for my classes not realizing that they would be making something so small. Although they always stayed, and always successfully completed the project, I do prefer people to know what they are getting into!

The one day class will include making the tree and  painting and detailing all the other components, including the 1:1728 scale dollhouse. It's a fun project and doesn't require any special skills.

It's suitable for anyone, whether you have experience in 1:144 scale or not. If you are coming to the show, I hope you will consider joining us.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Guild School 2011

I'm happy to announce that my class proposal for the 2011 Guild School has been accepted!  I will be teaching the Garden Cottage - see my blog posting for June 8th.

If you're coming to the Guild School and would like to try 1:144 scale, this is a great project.  It covers all aspects of the scale - construction, furnishing and landscaping.  No special skills or power tools are needed for this one, and it's fun to make!

There will be time in the class to completely finish the whole thing.  I'm obsessive about that, always take care to design my classes so that nobody leaves with a partly finished project. (Full disclosure: when I take classes, I'm always one of the last to finish, and have way too many unfinished pieces from classes I took years ago.  I don't want that to happen to my students.)

The Guild School 2010

The Guild School was one of the most enjoyable weeks I've had in ages. How could a whole week spent with people who share a love of miniatures be anything but wonderful? 

I took Mark Murphy's class, and made a beautiful Japanese tea chest.  Mark is an excellent teacher; everyone in the class left with a finished piece.  Here's a shot of mine while I was working on it:

I still have to stain my finished piece - that was something we were supposed to do at home, as it takes a couple of days for the stain to dry completely.  I've been busy getting together a sample and class description for Chicago International 2011, so I haven't done that yet, but hope to get to it this weekend.