With over 30 years in woodworking as a builder/maker, teacher
and writer, the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop is now home for
Mario Rodriguez. Mario earned a bachelor's degree in Art and
Applied Design from H. H. Lehman College, and then began a four
year apprenticeship with the Carpenters & Cabinetmakers Union
in New York City, receiving his NY State certification in 1978.
After graduation and working in the field, Mario established his
own shop in Brooklyn, NY serving the area's leading architects,
designers and collectors. His shop handled projects that included
new construction, renovation, millwork, furniture restoration and
refinishing, architectural woodwork, and fixtures and furniture
reproductions. His work has been featured in Architectural Digest,
Country Living, House Beautiful, Metropolitan Home, Hudson Valley,
McCall's, Fine Woodworking and the New York Times.
Mario has taught in the Restoration Department at the Fashion
Institute of Technology in New York City for almost 18 years, as
well as many of the leading woodworking schools in the country.
From 1992 to 1997, Mario directed the Warwick Country Workshops
from a small barn behind his Federal period farmhouse. These
specialized classes were devoted to traditional hand tool topics
such as hand cut dovetails, carving a ball-&-claw foot, hot
glue hammer veneering and plane making. Today, he still speaks at
regional woodworking organizations and clubs.
For the past 16 years, Mario has written extensively for the
leading woodworking magazines (Fine Woodworking, Fine Homebuilding,
Home Furniture, Popular Woodworking and American Woodworker),
primarily focusing on traditional hand tool techniques and
projects. He has written two books: Traditional Woodwork
and Building Fireplace Mantels, both published by Taunton
In addition to his work at PFW, Mario continues to write, pursue
woodworking topics of interest and execute projects for architects,
builders and designers.
In his Friday night talk Mario will present slides of his
work and reflect on his career as an author, teacher and builder of
fine period furniture.
In this one day workshop, Mario will show you how make
decorative bandings and inlays using the unique jigs and fixtures
he has developed for this work. He will cover multiple banding and
inlay patterns with special emphasis on the Seymour
banding introduced by John and Thomas Seymour of Boston. The
techniques you will learn are general and can be adapted to many
other types of banding limited only by your imagination.
Date & Time: Saturday September 19, 2015, 9:00
AM - 4:00 PM. Lunch will be provided.
Location: CP Rochester, 3399 South Winton
Road, Rochester, NY
Members: $60; Non-members: $95 (cost includes
membership in RWS)