Learning from David Hurley

David Hurley (no website unfortunately) makes the most beautiful, finely carved miniature Tudor furniture.   About a week and an half ago (h...

David Hurley (no website unfortunately) makes the most beautiful, finely carved miniature Tudor furniture.   About a week and an half ago (how time flies!) he taught a three day class close to where I live.  I was one of the lucky people able to attend his class. We made a small chest with three carved panels.

It was a fantastic class, I have learned so much in those three days!   I am really pleased with my results even though there is still a vast amount of room for improvement.  Below are some photos of the finished chest.





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40 comments

  1. The chest looks fantastic, how wonderful to have been able to attend such a class.

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  2. It is lovely Josje, I love that it looks so old!!!!

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  3. That's incredible Josje, it's gorgeous.

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  4. Josje, it is so beautiful. You are so lucky to attend these classes and you are so clever at making everything. Have a nice day, Rosanna

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  5. Maravilloso¡¡¡
    Que envidia, es precioso¡¡¡
    Un beso
    Susi

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  6. The scene is beautiful! I really like the chest, it is fabulous!
    Hugs

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  7. es un trabajo espectacular, la talla se ve maravillosa, la felicito.
    un abrazo

    is a spectacular work, the size is wonderful, congratulations.
    a hug

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  8. That is just gorgeous! I love it! You are very lucky to have the chance to go to classes.

    Now... I have to know. :-) You have to tell me about the hardware. Did you make it? It looks GREAT!

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  9. It's beautiful, Josje! My goodness, that must have been a wonderful class!

    xo
    Claudia

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  10. It's a true masterpiece, I'm impressed!

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  11. Wonderful !
    I have no words ! You did an extraordinary work.

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  12. Le travail est remarquable!!
    Isabelle

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  13. Hi Josje,
    It's really nice but I allready knew that!
    Jeffry.

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  14. Ohh my...the chest is wonderful, so detailed and aged.

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  15. Ohhhhh ....
    From this result, I understand both the talent of the master, and the talent of the student :-)
    This chest is a fabulous addition to your hall :-)
    Mini hugs, Flora

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  16. Wat een pracht stuk heb je gemaakt Josje. Lijkt me geweldig om dit te leren.........!!!
    Past perfect in je huis.

    groet Heleni

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  17. You've made a lovely job of it and it sits in your hall perfectly. How lucky of you to get the chance of a class like this.

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  18. OOhh wat een geweldig resultaat van een fantastiche workshop.

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  19. Looks great, just like your classmate's. It's clear it was a great workshop, and you've both moved forward big time! Of course there's always room for improvement Josje. I guess that's something that will always be. Just promise to enjoy this beautiful chest, it's a lovely result.

    By the way, was it facilitated by Trees? Lucky to have her close by.

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  20. Thank you all! Yes I know I am lucky I am able to follow such a great class close to my home. The class was held at Trees Beertema's house. She has a fantastic classroom and wonderful fascilities for dining as well as beautiful B&B accomodation for those who live further away. Trees hosts classes by really good miniaturists several times a year. I try to go to one or two each year. Living close by makes it a lot easier for me to take these classes.

    Catherine, no I did not make the hardware, David had these all ready for us. However, as we all finished our chests well ahead of time, David gave us a very clear tutorial of how to make the hinges the way he does it. Great tips and tricks, we learned so much! It will be fairly easy to make them myself now. The only thing I need to find now is the stuff to blacken the nails. Because of my zealous polishing they reverted back to their shiny original look, whereas David had made them nice and black for us.

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  21. Josje, wat een pracht stuk werk ook weer. Ik ben jaloers. Australië is zover weg. Wij krijgen zelden iemand zo gek om hier naar toe te komen en de weg omgekeerd is te lang om vaak te doen! Maar goed, ik ben blij dat ik toch in ieder geval de kist van Ann heb en nu maar oefenen in mijn eentje, want ik wil beslist meer houtsnijwerk doen. Heb je overigens andere/nieuwe technieken geleerd bij David?
    Groetjes
    Marion

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  22. A fantastic piece of art ,you have done a beautiful job ! But I also see the wonderful painted walls in the background . Hope to see more of this room !!! Jeannette

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  23. Jouw kistje is ook al zo mooi geworden! Ik vind het echt een schitterend werkstukje. Wel ideaal dat zulke mooie workshops zo dicht bij huis zijn! Vanuit Friesland is het altijd zo'n halve wereldreis om aan zulke dingen deel te nemen.

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  24. Hello Josje,
    The finished chest is beautiful! I just looked at your website and I had to say the Canal House is absolutely spectacular! You really did an excellent job and I look forward to seeing more of your post. Great work!
    Giac

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  25. es increible....muy real esa escena!! te felicito!!

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  26. Josje if you had told me what the metal was I would have been able to tell you what would oxidize them for you.

    Try to find JAX... Maybe you can find a source in your country.
    http://www.ishor.com/OxidizerColorant.php

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  27. Excellent results Josje! Happy carving.

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  28. You've done a fabulous job with the chest. It looks beautiful =0)

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  29. Great opportunity to attend David's class, and you are talented to achieve such excellent results as well. The chest has a lovely worn, aged look and the carving is beautiful. Well done!!!

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  30. Erg Mooi geworden Josje,ook het beslag.dat was zeker het moeilijkste?
    Hobbygroetjes,
    Miriam

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  31. Wow the walls are wonderful! Nice room setting too. I just came across the comment you left me, thank you for the helpful ideas. I love your miniature creations!

    Wishing you a nice week

    Chadina

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  32. My God! is fantastic! you did really, you? an extraordinary job, I love the carved chests!
    also the boots are beautiful!
    Oh, Josje, I am ashamed to come here to rejoice in the wonder of what I see, and despair for what I do not know to create ...
    depresses me to know that I am the last grain of sand in this world mini ... :(

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  33. Marion, de basis was hetzelfde, maar toch vond ik dit duidelijker. Bij Anne wisten we niet precies wat de bedoeling was en was er natuurlijk de tijdsrestrictie. Bij David hadden we ook fijnere bijteltjes (die hij zelf voor ons had gemaakt). Verder hebben we geleerd hoe we scharnieren kunnen maken en hoe je de bijtels kunt slijpen. Een zeer complete workshop!

    Catherine, thank you for the link to Jax. I have emailed them a question, but haven't heard back from them. Unfortunately I can't find a source for the stuff in Europe.

    Miriam, het beslag lijkt moeilijk, maar is het niet. Het is wel een heel gepruts natuurlijk omdat het allemaal zo klein is, maar David heeft ons precies geleerd hoe je dit allemaal kunt doen.

    Caterina, oh please don't despair! Everyone works and learns at his/her own pace and makes his/her own unique things. And after all, it is all about enjoying what you do! I often marvel at what other people make, and still love my own dolls house, even with all of its faults!

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  34. PS Anneke, Ja Friesland ligt niet echt in de route van de meeste miniatuur evenementen/workshops, maar via de afsluitdijk valt de rit naar West-Friesland (over de A7) wel mee. Trees woont in Ursem, net voorbij Hoorn.

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