From Forest to Furniture: New Approaches to Materials & Making

Thursday, March 17, 2022 - Saturday, March 19, 2022 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium, Old Salem Visitor Center

From Forest to Furniture


New Approaches to Materials & Making



March 17-19, 2022

The MESDA Furniture Seminar is a biennial forum for collectors, curators, woodworkers, and conservators to explore a variety of topics related to the serious study of antique furniture.  The program is known for its intimate size that allows speakers and attendees the change to interact with each other and the MESDA and Old Salem collections. From lasers to archives to lathes, the 2022 program will explore new ways of looking at the connections between place, materials, and the art of making furniture. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the latest research techniques and discoveries from scholars and craftspeople including Alexandra Kirtley (Philadelphia Museum of Art), Dr. Tiffany Momon (co-Founder of the Black Craftspeople Digital Archive), Dr. John Stuart Gordon (Yale University Art Gallery), and Nancy Hiller (NR Hiller Design). A demonstration by noted Windsor Chairmaker Elia Bizzari (Elia Bizzari Hand Tool Woodworking) will round out the program. Attendees will also enjoy a hands-on deep dive through MESDA’s collection during an exclusive open house. Special pre-conference workshops provide additional opportunities to interact with our unparalleled collection.


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