March 12, 2015
“Chapin Furniture Discussions”
Two local groups will cosponsor a program on the work of noted Connecticut furniture maker Eliphalet Chapin at Wood Memorial Library, 783 Main St., South Windsor, March 12 at 7 p.m.
Born in Somers in 1741, Chapin and his family moved to Enfield, where he grew up. By 1766, he was a journeyman in the furniture-making trade in South Windsor, probably with Augustus Fitch. His fledgling career was interrupted a few years later when he refused the conventional course of marrying the mother of his child and was forced to leave town. Chapin spent two years in Philadelphia, where cabinet makers had adopted the English Chippendale style. He brought the style back to South Windsor, starting his own business and a family on Main Street. He trained his cousins Aaron, Laertes, and Amzi Chapin, who later began their own businesses in Hartford, furthering the popularity of the modified Chippendale fashion in New England.
Christine Vida, curator of collections and interpretation at the Windsor Historical Society, will talk about Chapin’s innovations in the Windsor community.
The second part of the March 12 program features Will Nepture, a master carver and furniture maker, who will give a lecture and woodworking demonstration titled “Carving and Joinery Techniques in Chapin Furniture.” The program is co-sponsored by the South Windsor Historical Society and Wood Memorial Library.
Admission is $5 for the public, $3 for members of the society or library. For more information call the library at 860-389-1783, or visit www.southwindsorhistory.org or ww.woodmemoriallibrary.org.
Location: Wood Memorial Library
783 Main St., South Windsor, CT 7pm
CANCELLATIONS. Generally if schools and town government are closed due to inclement weather, the programs will be canceled and rescheduled when possible. Information on programs and cancellations at Unity Church can be obtained by calling 860-289-8963
Membership is available throughout the year at any time - please click here for more information. http://www.southwindsorhistory.org/page008.aspx
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