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Excellent educational programs are booked for 2017. See meeting locations, schedules, updates, podcast, at www.patinatools.org.

First, PATINA will attend “The Woodworking Shows” at the Maryland Fairgrounds in Timonium, MD on Jan 6-8. See show schedule, seminars, entrance fee at http://www.thewoodworkingshows.com . Plan to come and renew your $12 membership (Check preferred). Support PATINA by telling the show promoter that you are attending to see the PATINA booth. We will have user and collectible tools for sale.

January 15, 2017 Meeting Announcement

For the January 15 program, the featured speaker will be Dave Heller, who makes custom furniture in Charlottesville Virginia. He prefers to use veneers for their design possibilities, so he often works in the Federal or Art Deco styles. Dave previously worked as a Chemical Engineer in the oil industry so he takes a very analytical approach to his work. He is a past president of the Washington Woodworkers Guild and is a SAPFM member. His website is hellerandhellerfurniture.com. Dave’s presentation will cover the design and construction of two different radially matched Federal tabletops. The templates and materials for the new top will be shown and discussed and the pattern matching technique demonstrated. Techniques and approaches will be considered and a new different tabletop designed to illustrate the method.

March 11, 2017 Spring Auction and Dealer Sale

The March 11 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 21 (chosen to avoid meeting on Mother’s Day)

The May 21 program will be a follow-up to the most informative program that we had on making custom flyrods. The program by Chris Bogart will focus on finishing the rod - fitting and mounting, making a ferrule plug and turning the cork grip using a classic Darbyshire Model A lathe.

July 16 Dave Diefenderfer: Boat Restoration and Duck Decoys

Here is a narrative that Dave Diefenderfer sent which describes his lifelong interest in the theme:
I started duck hunting some 30 or more years ago. Duck hunting is a year round sport involving lots of “stuff”. There is specialized clothing, waders, waterproof and warm clothing. There are specific shotgun and shell requirements. There are decoys, lots of decoys! Different decoys for different parts of the season, and different parts of the Flyways. Many dozens of decoys. And there are duck boats. Duck hunting is steeped in history and nostalgia. I might have been better born in a simpler time, for I love the traditional ways. In my earlier duck hunting days, I used plastic decoys, and a cheap pump shotgun and a fiberglass or aluminum boat. Over time, I have transitioned to hand carved decoys, an old Belgium Browning A5 shotgun, and traditional duck boats. For some 5 or 6 years I searched first for plans, and then finally a restoration project of a Barnegat Bay Sneakbox. The boat I saw as the quintessential duckboat. Of course what one must understand when looking at duckboats, is geography is everything! Before Google, we saw what was around and copied it. Designs grew from experience and local needs.

In 2009, I found a 1950s Sam Hunt BBSB, rotting away in a back yard in NJ. After paying too much for it, I got it home and restored it over a year and a half to better than new to be my duckboat. After the first duck season with it I continued to add to it, eventually building the sail rig which involved shaping a mast from a pine tree! Before that project was even completed I added several more hulls to the collection. A couple hulls were redundant to the Sam Hunt hull. So I moved them along to make room for other projects.

The next 2 projects were restorations for hunting partners; a John Kalash Lake Erie Layout boat, and a New Jersey Sneakbox of unknown build.

My most recently completed project is the 1905 Dodge and Krowl Ice Scooter. This restoration not only involved the hull cosmetics, but also included not only sail spars but also a sail. It also involved creating some of the historic accoutrements to complement the restoration. I enjoy the research and creating authenticity in my efforts. Tradition methods and tools used in the restorations add to the enjoyment.

My current project is an early 1900s Susquehanna Sneakboat that was gifted to me by a gentleman much too old to use it. It was his father’s boat and will be quite a project with some serious rot, and broken ribs. Copper riveting will be a new skill I learn for this effort.

The nostalgic builds have lead to my interest in traditional tools. My collection (mostly user tools) has grown with each new project. Spar plane, block plane, draw knife and spokeshave are my go to tools for the spars. My eye is always looking for boatwright’s tools, or tools that will fit a special project…. Any excuse to buy more tools!

September 10

The September 10 Program will be on Colonial Era Weaponry. Though the American colonial period ended in the early 1780s, the arms used during the last century of that era directly affected how the United States secured its independence, and then maintained it. The small arms, largely used by the common soldier of the French & Indian and Revolutionary Wars, including muskets, rifles and pistols, with be examined as the primary weapons of the era. As effective as these guns were though, it really was the socket bayonet, discussed today in some detail, that made close-quarter fighting all-important in the tactics of the day. True, swords were then on their way out as combat arms for most soldiers, but many different sword types were carried by a fascinating array of specialist soldiers serving in here, including the dreaded “Light Dragoon” of the Revolution. All of these fascinating areas will be contextualized within the historical, documentary and archaeological record, making for an engaging presentation geared towards those interested in the “real stuff” of early America.

ERIK GOLDSTEIN is Senior Curator of Mechanical Arts & Numismatics at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. He is a lifelong student of numismatics, arms, military history and the material culture of the 17th & 18th centuries.

While at Colonial Williamsburg, Erik has focused on using his two distinct specialties as educational platforms. In the area of military history, he has lectured at the War College of the Seven Years War at Fort Ticonderoga and the Annual Guilford Courthouse Revolutionary War Lecture Series amongst numerous others. He instructs a three-year syllabus on the coins, medals and paper money of Colonial America as part of the American Numismatics Association’s Summer Seminar held every June.

In addition to more than two dozen articles in both specialties, he has authored six books relating to antique weaponry and military history; The Bayonet in New France 1665-1760 (1997), The Socket Bayonet in the British Army 1687–1783 (2000), 18th Century Weapons of the Royal Welsh Fuziliers from Flixton Hall (2002), The Brown Bess, an Identification Guide (2010), Ray’s Story, A Lost Air Gunner of the 454th Bomb Group (2013), and most recently The Swords of George Washington, published in early 2016.

November 12

To be announced

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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