Thursday, January 14, 2010

Maui Woodworkers Guild presents Alfred Sharp at Hui No‘eau

Mark you calendars for March 19, 2010 slideshow & March 20, 2010 workshop with Alf Sharp at Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center. Presented by the Maui Woodworkers Guild.

Recipient of the 2008 Cartouche Award from the Society of American Period Furnituremakers, Alf is a master of high and low relief carving, inlay, marquetry, and French polishing. He is a prolific and masterful craftsman of 18th-century reproductions and has also made many of his own contemporary pieces.

Alf Sharp has over thirty years experience in the studio furniture field, with completed commissions for a number of historical homes, museums, and many private and corporate clients. He serves on the Boards of several related arts institutions and is well respected inside the ranks of the furniture-making community, as well as among designers, curators, and collectors nationwide.

Sharp encourages a greater rapprochement between the realms of traditional and contemporary furniture makers. He says, "A number of us have worked hard in the last decade to remind the contemporary furniture world just how much they owe to traditional design and technique, and I believe we've been very successful in growing appreciation and acceptance for traditional makers and their values. I'd like to make a plea for a similar recognition of how much truly outstanding work has been done by the last two or three generations of furniture makers. I'm thoroughly convinced that we are presently living through as fertile a period for furniture design and craftsmanship as was the 18th century."

"One of the things I have loved about this activity, and what kept it alive for me, is that there is no end to what you can learn, and no upper limit to the skills you can develop. In theory, you could continue to progress in your skills through several lifetimes."

Material fee and reservations are required for the March 20 workshop. Contact Ricardo Vasquez 269-2745 or for info.

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