Schedule of Classes and Events

Upcoming Events:

Wood and Wedge
 9:00- 11:00am, Sept 6, 2014 
LSU Rural Life Museum - Baton Rouge Woodworker's Club Meeting
Baton Rouge, LA
I will be speaking and demonstrating principles and use of the wedge in furniture building and how it can facilitate more efficient work for traditional woodworkers.
Free with regular admission
The Museum's Website
Rural Life on the Map

Logging and Timbering Early Louisiana
8am - 5pm, Sept 27 & 28, 2014 
LSU Rural Life Museum - Harvest Days Festival
Baton Rouge, LA I will be speaking about Timber felling and Hughing, Sawpits, Timber Framing and the Early Louisiana Cypress Industry. You will see all of the work in action including an over 7 foot long Pit Saw in use.
Free with regular admission
The Museum's Web Site
Rural Life on the Map

Early German Coast Agriculture and Settling
8:00 - 11:00am, Oct 11th, 2014
Destrahan German Coast Farmer's Market - Oktoberfest
Destrahan, LA
An interactive history and demonstration of early life and agriculture on Louisiana's German Coast. Experience the struggles and triumphs of our early German ancestors along the banks of the Mississippi River and how they would forever leave their mark on Louisiana culture.
Farmer's Market Website

Artisan Dialogue with a Scholar - Series
8:00am - tbd, July 11th, 2015
Northwestern State Univeristy - Foklife Festival
Natchitoches, LA 
I am being told I will be interviewed by a scholar on the subject of Early Louisiana Trades and Artist followed by 4 hr session of me building a creole table while spectators can ask questions... we'll see how this interview goes, haha.
Northwestern State University

Oak Alley Plantation
Vacherie, LA
Nothing scheduled at this time
Oak Alley's Website
Oak Alley on the Map

Laurel Valley Plantation Museum
Thibodaux, LA
Nothing scheduled at this time
Laurel Valley on the Map


TBD - At this time there are no scheduled classes. Please check back often as this is expected to change soon. Please let me know if there is a particular class or demonstration you would like to attend and we will see about setting it up.

This schedule will include classes offered at LSU's Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge, LA as well as those offered at the Whispering Woods International School of Woodworking in St. Mary's, GA.

History Tours:

Personal Tours of the LSU Rural Life Museum's Furniture, Tools and building with Jean Becnel are available upon request. Please Contact the Rural Life Museum to arrange. I do encourage you to consider making a donation, however small it may be, to the help fund the newly planned Woodworking and Timbering Exhibit.

Rural Life Museum
(225) 765-2437

In the future you will see scheduled Historical Site Visits in South Louisiana guided by Jean Becnel and others where we will visit historical locations of interest and investigate the clues of construction methods based upon the evidence left behind and discuss the various construction types and designs found.

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