The first rule for valuing House-Carpenters work in the Carpenters’ Company of the City and County of Philadelphia’s 1786 Rule Book states “Drawing Designs, making out Bills of Scantling, collecting Materials, and sticking up Stuff, are to be charged by the Carpenter in proportion to the trouble”. In other words, the charge for this work must be determined by an hourly or daily rate rather than a uniform scale of pricing for work established by the Carpenters’ Company.
Chris has worked professionally in the historic furniture field for over 40 years. His expertise is in the history of woodworking techniques, processes, and materials is coupled with the ability to share that expertise in a meaningful way with the general public. Most recently he worked for the Dietrich American Foundation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art performing an examination, assessment, and treatment of over 150 wood objects in the Foundation’s collection. Prior to that he worked in the conservation department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art since 2003 where he collaborated on the conservation of a broad range of American furniture in the Museum’s collection. In 2008 he recreated the long missing frieze carving from the fireplace over-mantle in the drawing room at Mount Pleasant, the historic house in East Fairmount Park that the Museum administers. He has published and lectured widely on historic furniture, woodcarving, and the history of woodworking and continues to write for this blog.