Beethoven would love this music stand. And so do we


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Roger Myers’s Federal music stand is featured within the Gallery in
FWW #255.

This Federal-style music stand, featured in a current article in
the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers journal (#22, Fall
2015) caught our consideration and we requested maker Roger Myers of
Stratham Wooden Studios if we might share a photograph of it within the
Gallery for FWW #255.

Not solely is it a sophisticated piece with its tripod base,
saber-style ft, six-sided column, and adjustable pill, however
many of the surfaces are additionally enhanced by inlay and stringing.
Myers says his aim in making the stand was to be taught new
strategies and advance his expertise in inlay work, and as he says
within the article, “The one stuff you can’t accomplish for
sure are the stuff you by no means try.”

So he broke it down into small, manageable duties and figured
out how he was going to finish every process earlier than he began.
Sketches led to detailed full-size drawings, and examples of
different stands within the scholar portfolios at North Bennet Avenue
College helped with the inspiration. The first wooden is
mahogany; the inlay is Brazilian satinwood with ebony and holly
stringing.

After I requested him to increase on one of many new strategies he
discovered with this piece, Myers pointed to the six-sided, curved
column, which is inlaid with the satinwood and holly stringing.
“This required a unique method to creating the cavity for
the satinwood discipline and new strategies for inlaying the
stringing between the sector and the column,” Myers stated.Additionally,
“the development of the column with the inside six-sided
recess to just accept the submit was all new to me.”


 The joinery is advanced. The six-sided help submit suits
snugly into the column and mates with an adjustable bracket
connected to the again of the pill. The column is hexagonal in
most of its construction however the high and backside are spherical. The
ft are tapered and connected to the underside of the column with
dovetails. And that’s earlier than any of the inlay is added.
Inlaying the tapered columns and the legs required templates,
drawings, and a few shopmade instruments. Myers did all this inlay
work with hand instruments solely. He doesn’t advocate utilizing a router
or different energy device to excavate the cavities for the inlay.
“The extent of management and precision is a lot better with hand
instruments and the extent of threat is far much less.”

One of many particulars within the inlay will probably be appreciated by the
musician who makes use of the stand. The banding across the pill is
composed of small sections of ebony and holly. For those who look at
the inlay intently, you possibly can see that the ebony inlay is positioned
on a number of completely different horizontal ranges, or rows. Every row
represents a line on the musical workers. The brief and lengthy
ebony segments signify notes. The second part of brief and
lengthy notes is positioned a degree under the previous part on the
“workers.” This format shouldn’t be random. It’s designed to signify
the primary 4 measures of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

 “It’s delicate,” Myers stated. “However musicians have picked up
on it.”

Requested if he had any recommendation for woodworkers considering their
first such piece, Myers stated, “Break the mission down right into a
variety of small and manageable duties. Be taught and perceive every
of the person duties and processes and the way they match
collectively. Observe the strategies which can be new to you. And
maybe a very powerful, don’t be afraid to begin and make
some errors. Errors are an necessary a part of the educational
course of. And attempting to make issues excellent if you are
studying results in paralysis.”

 Would he make one other? “Sure, music stands are a problem
to execute and a pleasure to make.” However proper now, Myers is busy
engaged on some copy Portsmouth, N.H., furnishings from
the Federal interval in addition to some inlaid packing containers. He additionally has a
variety of commissions in progress together with a cherry pie secure.
His demilune desk acquired Greatest in Present on the New England
Tremendous Furnishings Present final fall.

 To see extra of Myers’s work, go to www.strathamwood.com.

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