New Yankee Workshop

Bowfront Chest

Season 19, Episode 11 of 13

Old Sturbridge Village is a re-created New England village of the 1830s that includes a remarkable collection of more than 58 restored antique buildings and approximately 60,000 historic artifacts that were made or would have been used in rural New England in the early 1800s. Unfortunately, not all the village's holdings of period furniture can be displayed at any one time. Recently, Norm, a trustee of the museum, asked the curators to put a stunning bowfront chest they had in storage on display in one of the village's historic homes, the Salem Towne House, to inspire his NEW YANKEE viewers. The stunning bowfront four-drawer chest was built by Alden Spooner working in nearby Athol, Massachusetts, in 1807. Spooner, like many furniture makers of the time, was probably well aware of pattern books and high style designs being made in Europe and America, and this chest may well have been inspired by furniture brought here from Great Britain. Norm builds his chest of mahogany and is challenged to form the French feet and the dovetailed bowfront drawers. This is not a project for a beginner, but it's interesting to watch.

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11 a.m.
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