Watch woodturners work at Hands-on History Day at Montpelier Mansion

March 24, 2012

Visit with the Chesapeake Woodturners at Hands-On History Day: Be a Woodturner's Apprentice, Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road.

See how chairs are made by hand on a foot-powered treadle lathe. Visitors can sand the spindles and weave the seats. At the end, visitors can sign their own "apprentice contract" with a quill pen.

On Sunday, watch pens being turned on an electric lathe, then assemble the pens to take home and watch as wooden tops are made and take one home.

For ages 5 and up; $5 per participant each day.

Call 301-377-7817.

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