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My interest in building replicas of 17th and 18th century American furniture began in 1972 from a Humanities professor of mine in college who introduced me to period tools and early American furniture.I started gathering tools, studying styles, design and construction, visiting museums and historic sites, going to sawmills, and working in earnest. I continued this self taught education for eight years and went into business in 1980.

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In my youth, I developed a taste for speed, power and noise, but as time goes by I'm increasingly drawn to the peaceful pleasures of naturally-powered human inventions. Kayaking and sailing are among my favorite recreational pursuits these days. Collecting vintage hand tools is another. Like so many middle-aged men, I've never outgrown my fascination with machinery and tools. 

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The Foundations Are Set: Build The Cornerstones

The Savannah Technical College Center for Traditional Craft in partnership with the Preservation Trades Network and the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU) USA, will host the 5th International Trades Education Symposium (ITES) May 14-16 2015 at Savannah Technical College in Savannah, Georgia USA.

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Being a demonstrator or presenter at an International Preservation Trades Workshop is a great way to share your skills and knowledge and increase your visibility as a leader in the preservation trades. Demonstrators should have a strong background in the traditional building trades, as well as the ability to convey their techniques and skills in a way that highlights the diversity, vitality and relevance of the traditional trades and contributes to their understanding and practice.

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The 19th annual International Preservation Trades Workshop will take place July 22-24, 2015, at Shelburne Farms in Burlington, Vermont, one of the finest examples of a Victorian Era model farm and country estate, and a National Historic Landmark. Created for Dr. William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb from 1886 to 1915, Shelburne Farms occupies 1,400 acres of designed and agricultural landscape, with significant buildings representing a combination of Shingle and Queen Anne styles.

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