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May, 2021
Per current COVID restrictions, the next PATINA meeting will be held at the American Legion Hall Post 270 in McLean VA on July 11.

Start time: 830 tailgating , mini-auction at 1130. Social distancing and masks are still required for all attendees.

There will be no indoor program!

Check back regularly for details on zoom meeting presentations, schedules, updates, podcast, at www.patinatools.org.


THE NEXT IN-PERSON MEETING in McLean VA, WILL BE SUNDAY JULY 11. We will use the upper and lower lot for tailgating and the mini auction. There will be NO guest speaker.


PATINA is proud to present Dr. Elmer Nahum, Author of Practical Clubmaking. Playing Bobby Jones’ home course of East Lake in the 1980s spawned Elm’s interest in golf history. Over the years, he has studied the early history of the game as well as biographies of notable players. His woodworking focuses on making 18th and 19th-century furniture using hand tools and traditional methods. Reproducing a 19TH century long nose golf club is a natural convergence of these two hobbies and a golf motif finds its way into some furniture elements. Elm maintains a woodworking blog, Unique Tips for Hand Tools, which includes posts on golf clubmaking. Each attempt at making a replica 19th-century golf club offers a chance to gain new insights into the traditional methods and history of clubmaking and woodworking. The free time following retirement as an interventional radiologist allowed him to produce Practical Clubmaking, his first book.

Dr. Elmer Nahum

September 13, 2020

A Morvianian Workbench

POSTPONED Due to Montgomery County COVID-19 Restrictions

PATINA is proud to present Steve Dietrich, a West Point graduate and retired Army Lieutenant Colonel who operates Dietrich’s Early American Furniture Reproductions (DEAFR) near Fredericksburg, VA. His work can be seen in George Washington’s replica boyhood home, Ferry Farm, and Burly Man Wood Specialties in Fredericksburg. A lifetime member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM), Steve descended from German cabinetmakers and conveys their pride of craftsmanship in his work. He holds an MA in History and has published extensively on military history and the history and reproduction of early American furniture


Steve will discuss construction and functional features of his reproduction Moravian Style Workbench
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Date TBD (May 17 or Nov 15), 2020, in McLean VA,

 PATINA is proud to present violin maker, Melanie Belongia.

.A graduate of the Virginia Governor's School for the Arts, Melanie studied violin with Eugene Drucker of the Grammy Award winning Emerson Quartet at the Hartt School of Music. She performed with the Katahdin String Quartet and met many contemporary violin makers which inspired her to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a violin maker.

Melanie moved to Boston and graduated from the North Bennet Street School with a degree in Violin Making and Restoration and apprenticed for several years. Ms. Belongia worked for several prestigious violin firms and auction houses before returning to Hampton Roads to focus on making and restoration.
Her experience as a professional musician gives her valuable insight into her work as a luthier and she is well known for her skills in making an instrument sound, and play, its very best.

When not at her bench, she can be found playing her 5-string violin with Bound Roots. Melanie welcomes the opportunity to give back to arts & educational organizations and serves on the board of advisors for Bay Youth Orchestras of Virginia.




Melanie will demonstrate purfling or similar techniques.
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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 Map Quest to find The American Legion Post 270 located at 1355 Balls Hill Road, McLean, VA

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