Creating Decorative Banding

  • April 11, 2015
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Woodcraft of Walpole, 3 Walpole Park South, Walpole, MA

Decorative banding was used extensively in Federal Period furniture and continues to appear in fine modern and studio furniture. It can be as simple as three layers of veneers or small stock glued together and cut into strips to highly complex designs with dozens of component pieces assembled in a variety of ways. This will be a 2-part presentation.

Jim Russell and Don Michael will provide an introduction to the creation and fabrication of decorative bandings for furniture embellishment. Banding design, materials selection, stock preparation and assembly of various banding styles will be demonstrated along with some simple jigs that facilitate repetitive cutting of very small pieces. 

Patriotic Banding was used in Boston during the Federal Period, 1790-1820. New specialists, known as inlay makers, were able to dye, stack and cut those veneers into decorative geometric bandings. This red, white and blue banding added to the decorative scheme celebrating the new republic. Michael Wheeler, owner of Tomorrow’s Antiques, is a Cabinetmaker/Furniture Maker who specializes in restoration of “Period Americana” and was a founding member of EMGW.  In the second part of our meeting he will summarize and show examples of his 3 year study on Patriotic Bandings, covering materials and construction techniques.


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