Decorative Details with Steve Latta May 18-22, 2020


$825 tuition + $70 materials

Key Points:
*Fundamental and advanced inlay skills
*Making and installing decorative bandings
*Federal period inlay techniques
*Classic line-and-berry designs
*Contemporary applications
*Making ornamental ovals and diamond patterns
*Tool making – “necessity really is the mother of invention”
*The best of both worlds: hand and power tool approaches
*Table legs, box lids, aprons, table tops – Where to put it?

Sold Out. Please Call Paula at 317-535-4013 to be added to the waiting list.


In many ways, veneer work, marquetry, inlay, and related techniques reached an early zenith during the Federal period of American furniture. Furniture makers adorned their work with bright veneers, geometric forms, classical motifs, and pictorial elements. Much of this early work influenced the designs of contemporary furniture pieces. During this workshop, Steve demonstrates a wide variety of detail techniques that can be incorporated into furniture to enhance and complement the overall design. Students will learn single, double and triple line stringing for both traditional and contemporary designs. Students will touch upon ornamental bandings, fans, bellflowers, line-and-berry patterns, shells and paterae. Steve will discuss both urban and rural inlay motif techniques and pull the best from both schools. Sand shading, ornamental veneering, and a history of regional motifs will be discussed in detail, and each student will have plenty of time to develop these time-tested techniques. This class has been a huge hit for over a decade. Steve is an excellent craftsman and a great teacher!