Delaware Valley Chapter Meeting June 10, 2017


Well-known member
The meeting will be held at:
  Washington’s Headquarters
  Moland House
1641 Old York Road
Hartsville, PA

To attend, please contact Jim Chesterton ([email protected], phone 908-537-2710) .  The cost is $20 per member, payable when checking in.

Spend the day exploring the woodworking methods of our early American furniture makers at the site where General Washington held a “Council of War” in August of 1777. Among those who attended were most of the major figures of the revolution including Alexander Hamilton, Henry Knox, Nathanael Green and Marquis de Lafayette.

Program and Presenters

8:00 AM to 8:30 - AM Coffee & Donuts

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM - Adam Cherubini is an aerospace engineer and designer for Boeing.  He recently returned from England where he lived for several years on an estate which dates to the 15th century.  He was able to have hands on experience with more 15th to 18th century furniture and architecture than most of us have ever seen.
Adam is well known for establishing and writing the Arts and Mysteries column for Popular Woodworking magazine.  He has researched the tools and more importantly the techniques and efficiencies of 17th and 18th century craftsmen.  He has made numerous period tools including 17th century tools copied from Moxon.

Adam is bringing a number of 17th and 18th century drawers from his collection and will explore their evolution in construction noting the variations.  He will also demonstrate how the makers achieved these subtle differences and how they efficiently produced them.

10:00 AM 10:10 AM – Break

10:10 AM to 11:40 AM - Paul Dzioba is a telecommunication engineer who has been involved in woodworking since childhood.  He has made two boats, doors and kitchen cabinets for his home and enjoys carving spoons.  He is a talented hand tool woodworker who also makes 17th and 18th century furniture.  In addition, he makes period tools of exquisite quality – moving fillister plane, tool box, spoons, saws, bevel gauges, marking knives, etc. as well as making tools to replicate the look of 17th century.

Paul will demonstrate how to make sash molding for a window and its joinery.

11:40 AM to 1:pM – Roam around the historic grounds and lunch on your own. We will provide a list of lunch options in the area

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM - Warren Mickley has been a professional woodworker for 40 years and is involved in restoration or rebuilding historic buildings.  He specializes in building 18th century furniture and is noted for his command of subtle nuances of design in details of various makers and styles in the 17th and 18th centuries.  Warren is a talented carver who has worked for some of the best 18th century reproduction furniture firms.  In his shop there are no power tools and his skill with the pole lathe is amazing. Warren will entertain and amaze you with his skill on the pole lathe.
We will split in to 2 groups and rotate, 1 group will have a 45 min tour of the house lead by Warren the other tour leader TBA will be the woodworking shop.

2:30 PM to 4:00 PM - Dave Healy is happily retired and is an early SAPFM member # 152.  He established the Moland House woodworking shop and has coordinated the 17th century joyner shop at Pennsbury Manor for the past 15 years.  He has worked at refining his skills as a period woodworker and currently is building a kitchen table and benches for Washington’s Crossing Park in Pennsylvania Dave has his photographs permanently displayed in the visitor centers of Pennsbury Manor and Washington’s Crossing Park.

Dave made the modified Nicholson workbench used today and will show the simple construction that allows it to be knocked down easily for transport.  Also, a quick different way of French polishing.

Cal Uzelmeier is a retired minister who has been a power tool woodworker until he became involved with the Moland Woodworking Shop.  He seeks to improve his knowledge and skills at every opportunity.

Cal will have a shaving horse for demonstration and hands on use by attendees.

Hands on: you will be able to use period hand tools and the spring pole lathe at the end of the day.


Adam, Warren, Paul and Dave met and have continued volunteering at Pennsbury Manor for over 15 years.  They demonstrate the practices of joyners in the late 17th century on first Sundays April to October.  Additionally, each has made furniture for the Moland House which you will see.