DENMARK – Nova Scotians interested in the fine craft of furniture making will be able to learn more from a master of the art form.
The Sutherland Steam Mill Museum in Denmark, Colchester Co., near
Tatamagouche, will offer weekend workshops on Sept. 13 and 14, and Sept. 20 and 21 with renowned Nova Scotia furniture maker Jonathan Otter.
Otter is well known as both a craftsperson and teacher whose reputation extends beyond Nova Scotia.
The unique workshops will teach the basic skills of chair-making with the construction of a shaving horse.
The shaving horse is an ancient woodworking tool combining a workbench with a vise that allows the work while seated. The earliest illustration of a shaving horse dates back to the 15th century. This versatile tool is being rediscovered today. With a shaving horse and the right tools and techniques participants will have everything needed to make chairs, stools and other projects.
"Sutherland Steam Mill is a perfect backdrop to share the experience of furniture making with Nova Scotians who want to explore their creative nature through such a beautiful and functional art form," said Otter, in a news release.
The workshop is largely hands-on and all work is done with hand tools. There is a limit of five participants per workshop which will ensure lots of opportunity for one on one time with Otter.
For more information or to register, visit
http://museum.gov.ns.ca/ssm/en/home/default.aspx or call 902-657-3016.