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  • Barley-Twist Candlesticks $475

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    Instructor:                 Ernie Conover

    Prerequisites:            None; however some turning experience recommended

    Max Enrollment:      3

    Price:                        $475 (includes all instruction time, materials) Students supply their own lunch. A nonrefundable deposit of $75 is required to secure a spot in this class with the balance due two weeks prior to the course beginning.

    Dates Offered:         (Saturday & Sunday) October 29-30, 2022 from 8:30am-4:30pm

    Dating from the 1600’s, the making of these candlesticks were the subject of a presentation Ernie gave at the 18th Century Furniture Conference at Colonial Williamsburg and his article that appeared concurrently in the January/February 2007 Fine Woodworking Magazine.

    While some woodworking and woodturning experience is necessary you do not have to be an ace turner. All of the turns are simple and can be scraped. The carving is pure handwork; the lathe is simply an expensive vice to hold and manipulate the work. You end up with a set of candlesticks that will make for lots of great dinner conversations from non-woodworkers and the ability to make more candlesticks. Join Ernie for this unique class. Making a set of candlesticks the way it was done three hundred years ago, using forgotten methods will be satisfying and light up the table!

    Note: You need some sharp gouges: A No.8, 10mm and No.9, 20mm being a minimum. If you have other sweeps and widths, bring them.  Nice to have  No.8, 18mm in-cannel gouge but this is hard to find. You will also need a set of turning tools, a dust mask, safety glasses and a face shield.