Join Peter Follansbee as he demonstrates techniques used in making reproductions of 17th-century joiner’s work. Usually done in oak split or riven from the log, this furniture often includes carved decoration that combines geometric, floral, and architectural patterns. Follansbee has studied New England furniture in the MFA collections for almost 20 years, and shows how these designs are laid out and carved with a compass, several carving gouges and a wooden mallet. Visitors can examine examples of his reproduction furniture up close, and review resource materials that explain the complete process.
Peter Follansbee began his woodworking career in 1978, learning traditional methods to build ladderback chairs. His study of 17th-century joiner’s work has led to numerous articles in the scholarly journal American Furniture, Popular Woodworking magazine, as well as several instructional videos with Lie-Nielsen Toolworks. In 2011, Lost Art Press published a book, co-authored by Follansbee, called Make a Joint Stool from a Tree: An Introduction to Seventeenth-Century Joinery. For 20 years, Follansbee worked as the joiner at Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He has taught workshops and lectured in the US as well as in England and Sweden.