The Music Room at The Cottage

April 16th in Portsmouth, NH


The Place

The Guild’s April General Meeting will be on April 16th at the Cottage on the Creek Farm reservation in Portsmouth. This is a new location for us, recommended by the group that attended a Guild Small Meeting last fall. We will be meeting in the Music Room of the 1887 Astor Carey family summer mansion, referred to as the “Cottage”. Formal attire is not required.

The 30-acre property is now conservation land on the Sagamore Creek shoreline.

For a preview of Creek Farm go to the SeaCoast online article: For the Guild members that enjoy learning a little history, that would be period furniture guys, hand tools people, boat builders, luthiers, …or just about everybody, the meeting will start with a short history of this important property by academic Mr. Woodward Openo. The property, thought to be first settled in 1640, welcomed nineteenth and early twentieth century artists, writers, poets, and philosophers. As woodworkers we will appreciate the fine architectural woodwork in the house. To tell us about its renovation is Guild member Fred Chellis who worked on it. No Power Point needed here; Fred will describe things of note by taking us there and pointing. While we will be checking out the beautiful millwork in the Music Room; the luthiers will probably be checking out the acoustics.

The Guild

The morning session of general meetings usually make time for reports on any special Guild activities. This meeting we will listen to a short presentation by Monica Raymond on the Right Brain subgroup. She will tell us about the group’s purpose, interests, meetings, and activities. Then the Guild business will be reported by the Steering Committee. Reports will include the Guild’s finances, scholarship fund, activities, and items of interest.


After the lunch break we are in for a great presentation from wildlife carver Sumner Misenheimer. I told my wife he specialized in carving birds; she asked if he were available at Thanksgiving. Evidently my carving skills are worse than I thought, but Sumner Misenheimer’s carving skills result in some beautiful work. Go to his website to see it. You can also read more about him and see more work in a profile published by Carving Illustrated. It is online at Sumner will be displaying some of his work along with some photo history of each piece. That’s just an introduction. He’ll tell you much of his stock comes from the down branches and logs he finds on walks through woods and natural areas, and that the really interesting part of carving is what he finds in it. He’s got stories of unexpected grain, texture, structure, and other assorted challenges, and the solutions, fixes, and changes that he comes up with to save the piece.


Coffee                                                                                 9:00 to 9:30

Creek Farm history  with Woodward Openo                      9:30 to10:15

Creek Farm renovations  with Fred Chellis                        10:15 to11:00

Right Brain Woodworking with Monica Raymond              11:00 to 11:30

Business meeting                                                               11:30 to 12:00

Lunch                                                                                   12:00 to 1:00

Wild life carving with Sumner Misenheimer                          1:00 to 3:00



A limited number of chairs may be available. As is the Guild custom, please bring a chair.

The Creek Farm reservation will be open to the public so parking may be tight. Please take advantage of the Need a Ride forum or the members directory to share rides.

The meeting place address is

Creek Farm Cottage
400 Little Harbor Road
Portsmouth, NH

DIRECTIONS: From I-95: Take exit 5, Portsmouth Traffic Circle, to Route 1 By-Pass south. Take a left onto Greenleaf Avenue, then a left onto Lafayette Road, right onto South Street then right onto Route 1-A south, Sagamore Avenue. Take your first left after the cemetery onto Little Harbor Road. Creek Farm is on the right just before the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion. (copied from the article)
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