Decorative Details with Garrett Hack0
Decorative Details with Garrett Hack
Over three millennia ago Egyptian craftsmen were decorating their work with inlays of small intricate patterns of ebony, ivory, and other exotic materials. We will learn the same technique, after first making some of the necessary tools — micro chisels and scratch stocks. This class will cover delicate string or line inlays, larger surface inlays such as panels, making and inlaying patterned bandings, and using non-wood materials such as silver and shell. We will also focus on complementary decorative edges, side beads and proud cockbeads used to highlight the edge of a table apron or drawer.
We will work almost entirely by hand, so naturally sharpening, tuning, and using hand tools will be an important emphasis. Students are encouraged to make a simple project (such as a small box) or better yet, sample boards, to practice designing and using these decorative techniques.
About the Instructor
Garrett Hack’s earliest memories where of sawing and hammering, so naturally he became a furniture maker after first pursuing civil engineering and architecture at Princeton University in the early seventies. Later study at Boston University’s Program in Artisanry influenced his style of contemporary designs based on classic forms. Internationally known, his work and Federal inspired brick shop have been featured in numerous books and magazines. He is a contributing editor at Fine Woodworking, former chairman of the NH Furniture Masters, and teaches throughout the country, Canada, England. Germany, Italy, and Japan. Hand tools are integral to Garrett’s work; he wrote The Handplane Book and Classic Hand Tools (Taunton Press (1997, 1999) about these essential tools. Visit Garrett’s website, Garrett Hack.com