Federal embellishments hammered veneered panels with Freddy Roman

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Federal Neoclassical Embellishments with Freddy Roman

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Wednesday September 30th  – Friday October 2nd, 2015

Tuition: $400

Materials Fee: $50

Build a Federal Neoclassical style hammer veneered panel featuring cross-banding, mitered field, ellipse inlay, and stringing. Learn hot hide glue methods to build a veneered panel, with elements commonly found on a Federal card table apron, legs, and top.

The world of hammer veneering and Federal Neoclassical embellishments: not only is it visually breathtaking, but also quite simple.  Quality materials are getting harder to find and often the only option we have today is to make and work with veneer. This course will teach the processes of handling and preparing veneers, preparing the surface for veneering, and using hot hide glue to perform hammer veneering. This will include how to flatten veneer, sharpen a veneer saw, and how to use and sharpen a toothing plane. The substrate to which the veneer will be applied is a very important element and we will cover at length how to develop a substrate worthy of veneering. After all the prep work comes the joy of embellishments, including construction of a mitered field, inlaid ellipses, stringing, cross banding, and banding (toppo a intarsia), all of which are important elements of Federal (also known as Neoclassical) furniture. The skills learned in this class can be applied to veneering a tea caddy, with the center of the panel representing the common details found on card tables or chests of drawers.

Enrolled students are also invited to attend the fall meeting of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM) Cheseapeake Chapter on 3 October, featuring instructor Freddy Roman.  Email csapfm@gmail.com for registration information (identify yourself as a class member).

Required Class Tool List

(Limited Glue pots will be available for use)

Freddy Roman


Littleton, Massachusetts

      Freddy Roman apprenticed under master craftsmen Philip C. Lowe at the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts (FIM) in Beverly, MA. Since graduating Freddy has worked for conservation studios and cabinet shops restoring furniture, making built-ins, kitchens, architectural elements, and reproducing museum quality furniture. Freddy has also continued to study in the field of period furniture, restoration, and conservation from today’s masters.
In 2007 Freddy opened a furniture making and restoration studio located in Littleton, MA. Freddy is currently working for private clients, institutions, and conservation studios.  When Freddy isn’t working in the studio, he can be found educating the public, teaching and demonstrating across the United States.

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September 30th-Oct. 2nd

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM


The Woodworkers Club

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