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Auction 45 card parties

The Star of the Sea Seniors' Club hosts weekly Auction 45 card parties on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm. It in [ ... ]

Start with a Seedling

Start with a Seedling is a unique intergenerational program that brings together community volunteer [ ... ]

Reproducing the furniture from the Confederation Chamber

McAskill's woodworker Dellar DuckworthWhile Province House in Charlottetown undergoes renovations Parks Canada and the Confederation Centre of the Arts have mounted an exhibit in the upper foyer of the Centre called “The Story of Confederation” which includes reproductions of the furniture from the Confederation Chamber. The original pieces are with Parks Canada curators in Halifax, and the reproductions are the work of Island artisans from McAskill’s Woodworking and Ladner Upholstery.

The original furniture was built in the mid 1800s by Mark Butcher, PEI’s most famous furniture maker. Joe McAskill was given the task of building exact replicas of the 26 delegates chairs, the Speaker’s chair, two settees, 2 side armchairs and the twenty-one foot table. He was provided with one original chair to measure (without taking it apart) and create the plans. For the rest of the pieces he had to rely mostly on photographs to make his patterns. “The hardest chairs I’ve ever built,” says Joe. “One small block that supports the arm where is meets the rail took twenty different operations.” While some parts could be turned on a lathe, much of the work involved hand carving. Joe and lathe operator Dellar Duckworth worked virtually every day for three months to complete the work. (While not neglecting regular customer orders.) “It was an interesting summer,” says Joe.

The uphostelry was made and installed by Gord Ladner of Ladner Uphostery with two helpers. The original furniture is covered in oil cloth (hard to find and expensive) so a modern material which matched the look and feel of the original was used. Braiding and buttons had to be exact replicas. 

Next time you visit the Confederation Centre go to the upper foyer to admire the work of some contemporary Island master craftsmen.

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Some Upcoming Events

Comic Book Art

Exhibit features work by Island comic book creators Until October 5
Eptek Centre There is a thrivin [ ... ]

The Thank You Canada Tour

Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, Patrick Chan and more in Summerside November 15
Credit Union Place Canada [ ... ]

Jimmy Rankin shows

November 22 at Trailside Café
November 23 at Harbourfront Theatre Jimmy Rankin's new Moving East (o [ ... ]

Recent News & Articles

Drawing the line

Profile: Sandy Carruthers by Jane Ledwell Retired for a year now after twenty-five years teaching  [ ... ]

Filmworks Summerside

Film series is back for 7th season Filmworks Summerside opens for their 7th season on September 12  [ ... ]

An Island wish

On August 23, 4 year old Cooper Coughlin will arrive on Prince Edward Island soil for a once in a li [ ... ]