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NewsPress Release: 3/1/02New Dates for Woodworking Exhibit at Marlboro

MARLBORO, VT - The dates have changed for the woodworking exhibit by Marlboro College senior Merrall MacNeille. He will now have a two-part exhibit -- the first on view at the college's Drury Gallery from March 4 to 7, and the second on view in the college's Rice Library from March 8 to 11.

Two opportunities will be available to meet and talk with the artist -- from 6 to 9 p.m. March 6 in the Drury Gallery and from 4 to 7 p.m. March 10 in Rice Library.

The exhibit is the culmination of his Plan of Concentration, and of his apprenticeship in England with Carl Holtey, the world-renowned wood infille metal hand plane maker, during the fall semester. The exhibit will include hand planes which MacNeille made (a wood infilled Holtey improvement of a Norris smoothing plane, wood infilled shoulder planes, and a wooden plow plane), as well as several pieces of furniture, some shop drawings and sketches, and photographs and a self-viewing slide show documenting the plane-making process.

wood infille metal hand plane MacNeille's Plan of Concentration in woodworking includes three papers ("The History of the Wood Infilled Metal Hand Plane," "Stuart Spiers and the Spiers Plane Company," and a paper on his experiences working with Car Holtey). The Plan of Concentration is the cornerstone of Marlboro's academic program. It is an in-depth, self-designed exploration of a field or fields of each student's choosing. The Plan culminates in a major independent project involving research, one-to-one study with faculty in tutorials and a three-hour oral examination with Marlboro faculty and an outside examiner who is an expert in the student's field.

Exhibit viewing hours are from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday at the Drury Gallery. Please call for exhibit viewing hours at the library. The gallery and the library are fully accessible.

For more information, contact Marlboro at (802) 257-4333 or

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