Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents woodworking workshop tour with Richard Bissell, Dec. 5

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Richard Bissell

PUTNEY, Vt. — Fine woodworker Richard Bissell will lead a tour of his Putney workshop and showroom on Sunday, December 5, at 2 p.m. This event is offered in connection with the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) exhibit “Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers: Evolving Traditions.” Admission is $10, or free for BMAC members. Register at brattleboromuseum.org.

Bissell is among the 21 members of the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers and collaborating artists whose work is featured in “Evolving Traditions,” which is on view through February 13, 2022. Tom Bodett, Timothy Clark, Greg Goodman, and Charles Shackleton led the creation of the exhibit. The theme of “Evolving Traditions” was inspired by changing concepts of “home” and “work” during the pandemic as well as by an increasing focus among Guild members on sustainable furniture-making practices. Each piece is accompanied by a statement tracing the furniture maker’s influences and how their work has changed over time.

Bissell’s contribution to the exhibit is a four-poster bed inspired by the work of brothers Charles and Henry Greene, who designed a house and furniture for David and Mary Gamble, of Procter & Gamble fame, in 1908. Bissell created the bed in the BMAC exhibit for the great-grandson of David and Mary Gamble, employing the “cloud lift” motif that is synonymous with the Greene & Greene style. The Greene brothers were also known for their use of mahogany with ebony accents, but with these woods now subject to over-harvesting and illegal logging, Bissell used locally available curly maple and ebonized walnut instead.

Bissell has been designing and building handmade furniture since 1982. He has developed a line of Shaker furniture, Mission furniture, and Windsor chairs, and he creates custom furniture and built-ins. His approach to furniture design is inspired by the clean lines and details, graceful proportions, quality craftsmanship, and focus on function that are the foundation of Shaker designs.

Founded in 1972, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents rotating exhibits of contemporary art, complemented by lectures, artist talks, film screenings, and other public programs. BMAC is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10-4. Admission is on a “pay-as-you-wish” basis. Located in historic Union Station in downtown Brattleboro, at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142, the Museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit brattleboromuseum.org.

BMAC is supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by Allen Bros. Oil, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, C&S Wholesale Grocers, the Four Columns Inn, Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters, and Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery.

Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon Street 
Brattleboro VT 05301
Date: 
Sunday, December 5, 2021 - 2:00pm