Guild School Castine 2015

With Guild school 2016 rapidly approaching I realized I've not shown last shown year's event yet. The event is held in Castine and in 2015 Elizabeth Gazmuri was teaching for the first time.

I was thrilled I got in her class, and her project revolved around making dove tails. Not by hand, which is a common method in miniature, but with the aid of power tools.

The construction of the carcass was very straight forward and followed traditional and proofed joinery. Not surprisingly the carving of the feet was fun to do too!

Then it was on to making the drawers. The dovetails were made using a variety of jigs and a sequence of cuts, some with a tilted saw blade, others with a jig at an angle to the blade. At this stage it was eminent to keep focused and concentrated. One 'slip' of attention and you could do all dozens of cuts all over again :/  

It goes too far (and beyond my capacity) to explain how it's done but here's a few pictures to show you how accurate and precise power tools, combined with well thought out jigs and steady hands can create such delicate joinery. 

The result were amazing; crisp and even dovetails as if they were made in real life scale. 

After assembly and a few coats of finish the photo etched hardware could be mounted.

Here's a view on another class; all concentrated at work, learning new techniques or improving on them while having fun (&) creating some fabulous miniatures.

Here's some new Artisans. Always fabulous to see their admission pieces. 

Elisabeth Winters

Sherri MacRaild

And Mario Sergio Ramos Pastrana

Castine is just this gorgeous little sea side village, if you're into miniatures (and love lobster! :)) I can highly recommend trying to get there, even if it's only once in your life. In relation to that it's good to know that each year a IGMA offers scholarships for those who could benefit from attending but have a lack of means. Six years ago I was a beneficiary of that same program myself, during a time I'd just started out making mini's. It inspired me so much, I try to make it ever since! So if you read this and think 'I'd love to go and attend' check out the link! 

 The miniatures you'll get to enjoy are lovely.

And here are some class results.

Tine Krijne's book binding projects.

Dianiela Kiefhaber's little dancer by Degas.

Ann High's spice cupboard.

Mark Murphy's cupboard class.

Mary Grady O'Brien's painted tin ware.

Bill Studebaker's cabinet,

and finally Deb Mackie's leather trunk

There was way more to enjoy, and so much more than I can capture in pics too, but I hope you've enjoyed the one's I've put up.


  1. Wow! Impressive work on the dovetails! So many wonderful miniatures. I hope to get to Castine some day. :]

    1. Yes, all those miniatures are totally inspiring. And the best: passionate teachers and students.
      You so deserve to come too! Perhaps the scholarship program can be that opportunity for you?!

  2. I loved seeing how you made those dovetails. I have always wondered about that. The chest is gorgeous. I am sure your favorite part was carving the feet.

    The rest of the photos from Castine are so inspiring. How I would love to take a few classes there.

    1. Ah yes Catherine. You'd love it! I so wish it for any one! If it's any consolation, I'm eating dry bread to make it. Cos creating miniatures behind our bench is for most people (me included) a rather solitude time passing. That's why it's so great to get together (in a setting like that).

  3. Thank you for sharing these photos. It is all very inspiring and shows how much there is to learn. So many diverse skills. Your own woodwork looks wonderful.

    1. Thanks Carol. And I'll pass your compliment onto a great teacher. You'd never tell it was her first class at Guild School.

  4. All amazing work, thank you for sharing!

  5. Un trabajo impecable el que has hecho con los engranajes de madera!! Las miniaturas de Castine son maravillosas,muy inspiradoras,quién pudiera ir algún día!!!

    1. Muchos gracias Pilar. I agree, other people's work is always inspiring me too.

  6. Hello Debora,
    What a wonderful time you must of had. The dovetail cabinet you made with the dovetails is fantastic. I love the finish. Everything you have shown us is terrific.
    Big hug

    1. It was wonderful Gaic! It was. And then real life caught up with me straight away and there've been times miniatures too consumed all my time. So when I looked up from my bench it was... April? Whaha.

  7. Hello Debora,
    All amazing work, thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi Gülay! Thank you for dropping by here too. Glad you like the photos.

  8. What a lovely post, Debora. Lots of interesting things and wonderful pictures. Your chest of drawers is incredible, such skill (and patience). I love Elisabeth Winters' pieces, they are so detailed and lifelike and those trunks are to die for!

  9. Wow! What a wonderful project you made, Debora! Those dovetails are just amazing!!! I guess that if you learn the proper steps to take, it can result in the perfect tiny pieces to assemble the tiny furniture! Learning from the Masters is such a wonderful opportunity! I am glad you get to go each year. Castine is a beautiful part of Maine.... on the other end of New England from me! I hope you will have just as much fun this year!

  10. Ahhh !!!! good old power tools I love them so very nice photos Debora.... One of these days i will make the trip looks like fun .


  11. They are all beautiful projects (especially yours!) The dovetail joints really make it great. Very inspiring - great photos too!

  12. I can't believe those dovetails Deborah, that's awesome! And it's so funny that we are inclined to think that when using powertools it's easy, but it can be as hard and intense as doing by hand as I gather from this little adventure too. But with perfect result. Guild School must be so wonderful, for many reasons and thanks for sharing those photo's, it's always great to get an impression.

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