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Excellent educational programs are booked for 2018. See meeting locations, schedules, updates, podcast, at www.patinatools.org.

January 21, 2018

There will be no fiddling around at the January meeting because the speaker is a renowned banjo maker. Kevin Enoch will show some of his stunning banjos, as well as some very interesting banjos in his collection. He will present slides showing the tools he uses to create extraordinary pearl inlay and the carving details in his custom banjos. If you want a sneak peak at some of his work, please see enochbanjos.com and click Custom on his Banjo’s page. Kevin Enoch is from Cleveland, Ohio. His father and grandfather were carpenters. His first job was working under his father’s tutelage whose motto was “anything worth doing is worth doing right.” In the early 1980’s, Kevin started playing old-time banjo and hanging out at Goose Acres Music, which was the center of Cleveland’s old-time music scene at the time. After helping with carpentry work at the shop, the owner offered to let him first learn to build an instrument after hours and later hired him to do instrument building, starting with autoharps and lap dulcimer. Within a few years, he was their lead banjo builder. He obtained a Ohio Arts Council grant to study pearl inlay and engraving from master instrument builder and Ohio State University fine arts teacher, Doug Unger.

In 1989, he left Ohio and started building instruments under his own name. In 1991 Kevin started the company Enoch Instruments; the goal was to create an instrument designed for clawhammer playing, embracing the aesthetics of the great banjo makers of the early 20th century. His ability to create high quality pearl inlays has been recognized by players and collectors alike. Kevin was awarded a Maryland Arts Council grant in 2009 to teach pearl engraving to Pete Ross. He also has done work for other companies including Paul Reed Smith Guitars and C. F. Martin Guitars.

If it’s too cold to come out for the tailgating, please come around noon to catch this program, and bring two friends. The American Legion Post 270 located at 1355 Balls Hill Road, McLean, VA Tool Trading: about 9:00 -11:15 AM, Mini-Auction 11:15-12:00. Program 12:00-1:30 pm.
Speaking of cold weather, we have rarely cancelled a meeting but it would be safe for our members and visitors if we announce this cancellation plan. Although we meet on Sunday, Fairfax County Schools does have Sunday events and announces cancellations due to weather. PATINA will follow Fairfax County Cancellation notices!

I would like to thank the members who shared their interests and well-honed skills at our last meeting. The presentations and exhibits were very informative. The feedback from all attendees was outstanding so we will do it again!

Finally, see patinatools.org for announcements and information regarding the 2018 Spring Dealer Sale and Auction to be held on March 10, 2018 in Damascus MD. Consignments and Donations are requested.

March 10, 2018 Spring Auction and Dealer Sale

The March 10 event will be the Annual Dealer/Tailgate Sale and Auction. The sale is the best tool event in the Mid-Atlantic. Plan to attend and bring a friend.

May 20

Christopher M. Swan
Senior Conservator of Wooden Artifacts
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

Biographical information

Chris is a furniture and wooden artifacts Conservator at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia where he has been since February 1999, and where he also completed his third-year graduate internship, and a Getty post-graduate internship from 1994-1996. In between positions in Williamsburg, he served two years as the Mellon Fellow and then as Assistant Conservator in Furniture Conservation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Chris is a 1985 graduate of the University of Dallas, and a 1995 graduate of the Buffalo State College Art Conservation Master’s Degree Program.

Among other subjects, he has lectured on: Photo-documentation of Furniture, Packing and Crating Furniture for Collectors, Caring for Wooden Artifacts, Wood Identification for Collectors, Painted Furniture, and The Making and Use of Reproductions at Colonial Williamsburg, Picture Frames: Style, Materials, and Conservation, and Minimally Invasive Upholstery systems. He is an Associate Member of the American Institute for Conservation, and of the Virginia Conservation Association.

Title: Objects Preservation, A Conservator’s Perspective

Collections of Wooden artifacts are essentially 3-D Objects in our world of cool historic and artistic stuff. A conservators approach is one in which all materials are considered in the process of preserving and interpreting whole objects, and by extension whole collections. We practice preventive conservation alongside minimally-invasive object-specific treatments to achieve our goal. Conservators are keenly interested in and aware of the nature of different materials, their identification, vulnerability, and interactions as a way to provide and predict their longevity as made objects. We also work closely with curators to better understand the history, technology, and proper interpretation of these aged objects. This talk encompasses a unique perspective with a view toward the preservation of a wide range of cultural materials. Among the variety of objects featured in the discussion are examples from the Colonial Williamsburg Collections such as: an 18c “wall” gun, silver tea and coffee pots, tools, furniture, gilt frames, and upholstered seating. Approximately 45 minutes with questions welcome.

Location: The American Legion Post 270 located at 1355 Balls Hill Road, McLean, VA
Tool Trading: about 9:00 -11:00 AM Mini-Auction 11:00-12:00
Please invite a friend! Patina Program Director

July 15

The July 15 Program will be a revisit from Kevin Enoch, custom banjo maker, who will return because we had a computer formatting issue that prevented Kevin from presenting his full program. His presentation will be enhanced because he got a sense of our interests and will present new material aided by his visual material. See details about Kevin above in the description of the January meeting.

September 16

For September 16, Lee Richmond and some TBD associates will lead an Antiques Roadshow style Tool Appraisal.

November 18

For November 18, Erik Goldstein, Senior Curator of Mechanical Arts & Numismatics, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, will have a program on the manufacturing of coins and bills in late 18th C America.

Location: The American Legion Post 270 located at 1355 Balls Hill Road, McLean, VA
Tool Trading: about 9:00 -11:00 AM Mini-Auction 11:00-12:00
Please invite a friend! Patina Program Director

PATINA is a 501c3 organization whose mission is to promote and increase the understanding and appreciation of the tools and trades… This program is a critical component of the mission. Please attend this program event and bring a friend.


Directions to the Meeting Hall -

A. The Capital Beltway from Maryland: Take exit 44 (VA Route 193, Georgetown Pike) Turn left at the traffic light and then take the first right after crossing the beltway onto Balls Hill Road. Go about 1.4 miles to the American Legion Post 270, 1355 Balls Hill Road. There is parking for about 30 cars on site.

B. Inside the beltway from the George Washington Parkway: Going north on the GW Parkway take the McLean Exit (Chain Bridge Road / Dolley Madison Blvd. VA 123) Proceed on Dolley Madison Blvd. for about 4 miles to Old Dominion. Go about 1/2 mile and turn left on Balls Hill Road, and follow about another 1/2 mile to 1355 Balls Hill Road.

C. The Capital Beltway from the South: Take Exit 46 (VA 123, Dolley Madison Blvd.) Go about 1.5 miles to Lewinsville Road. Turn left onto Lewinsville Road, then immediately turn right onto Balls Hill Road. The American Legion Post 270 will be on your right in about 1/4 mile.

D. From the West via the Dulles Toll Rd.  Exit the Dulles Toll Rd. on the Rt. 123 towards McLean Exit (Chain Bridge Road / Dolley Madison Blvd. VA 123), which is just after you cross the Beltway.   Make a left at the first light, which is Lewinsville Rd, then make an immediate right onto Balls Hill Rd.  The American Legion Post 270 will be on your right in about 1/4 mile, 1355 Balls Hill Road. 


Use Google Maps or MapQuest to find The American Legion Post 270 located at 1355 Balls Hill Road, McLean, VA

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