Peter Follansbee teaches construction techniques and decorative carving styles of oak boxes made in New England during the 17th century. During the week long class in December 2019 at Lost Art Press in Covington, KY we learned how to build the sides of the box from one board of quartersawn red oak and the top and bottom from eastern white pine. (Both rough sawn.) The sides are joined with square wooden pins and the bottom is attached with hand forged iron nails. The hinged lid pivots on two “pintles” that extend from either side of the back. The box lid is attached to the box by two cleats that slide over the pintles and are nailed to the lid. All of the board preparation, joinery, and decorative carving was done using hand tools. Peter is an excellent instructor and the class had a great time learning from him.
Our first excercise
Hard at work in the Lost Art Press storefront shop