Make an 18th Century Philadelphia Lowboy with James Journigan June 17-23, 2019 (7 days)


$1155 tuition, $ a cut list will be sent so you can BYOW
Key Points:
*Historic designs of Period Lowboys
*Creating working drawings and patterns
*Period techniques for case construction
*Stock layout and preparation
*Cutting cabriole legs
*Shaping curved elements with hand tools
*Carving a Philadelphia Ball and Claw foot
*Adding carved embellishments to a Lowboy
*Finishing choices

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


This workshop is intended to give students maximum flexibility based on their own skill level while making their next family heirloom; a Philadelphia Style Lowboy or often referred to as a Dressing Table. It was common during the 18th century for cabinetmakers to use the same patterns on many pieces but ornament them differently according to the amount in a patron’s wallet! That same theory will apply to this class, but the deciding factor will be the skill level of the student. While the largest part of this class is devoted to the case joinery techniques of the 18th century, the student gets to decide which style of leg their piece will have as Ray will demonstrate both the Queen Anne style and Ball & Claw foot. While the use of machines will be utilized for saving time where possible, hand tool techniques will be demonstrated as well for each joint used for the case construction. Optional ornamentation will be discussed as well, including fluted Quarter Columns, carved shells and a volute carved apron. Students will also learn how to use traditional hand tools (and keep them razor sharp), design considerations, drawing plans, making patterns, as well as learning to think like a period craftsman for problem solving. This class is designed as an enjoyable learning experience where students will gain confidence for more challenging projects in the future.

SKU 85 Category

There is an annual, nonrefundable registration fee of $45.

This registration fee is not a part of the class fee and is not deducted from the final balance due. This is the financial binding that locks you into the class and starts the registration process. This fee does not apply to students who only take one single day workshop.