When Doug Mooberry began his woodworking, furniture building business Kinloch Woodworking Ltd. in 1982, most of us had no idea our area would have a company known for the finest level of woodworking. Kinloch has been acclaimed in the magazines, on TV and by the critics who matter as a company that offers exquisitely beautiful furniture, whether it be reproduction 17th century or modern design. They can do anything.
Mooberry spoke last week at the Chadds Ford Historical Society, explaining how his company works. Mooberry had been drawing since elementary school. After college he began his company in his parents' garage, and then moved to a corner of a friend's studio. Now he has seven master craftsmen on his staff. Mooberry does not take apprentices. They did once, and the apprentice was injured on one of the machines, so now he only has craftsmen who are already expert. The company makes a wide variety of styles, but one man does the work on the piece, unless he asks for a little specialized help in one area.
He showed slides of pieces ranging from a modern slab coffee table to a Bombay copy of a Boston desk, for which they had to redesign the carvings The hardware they needed was cast from poorly repaired metal, so they had to redesign the hardware. As Mooberry said, "When you are copying, you had better get it right."
One problem is that with 18th century work, the craftsmen were paid by piecework, so it wasn't always done perfectly. Mooberry does make some changes. As anyone who has sat in them knows, ladder-back chairs are uncomfortable. He has designed them so they look the same but the seat is at a slant which makes them comfortable. One piece he showed with elaborate inlays of berries used different woods for each type of berry.
He said his customers are all very different. He had one customer call to order a trestle table and eight chairs, the entire transaction taking 37 seconds. Another needed a small cabinet that had to fit into a very small place. They are still having trouble with one spot with a quarter inch difference. So far it has been redrawn 19 times, which does show Mooberry's perseverance in getting all the details right.
After the lecture the name of the winner in a raffle for a beautiful small table Mooberry had given to the Historical Society was drawn. The winner was Dawn Camp of Chadds Ford. Lucky lady.
@bod:Longwood Gardens is hosting two outstanding musicians in a joint concert on Thursday, April 15 at 8 p.m. in the ballroom. Saxophonist Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed jazz artists who emerged in the 1990s. Pianist Brad Mehldau, known for his improvisations, will join with Redman for spontaneous, memorable performance.
Tickets, that include all day admission to the gardens, are $50 and include a coffee reception with the artists. Tickets to the pre-concert fare at stations in the conservatory are $36 per person. Call 215-893-1999 for tickets.
@bod:Top students from Curtis Institute of Music will perform at Longwood Gardens on Sunday, April 11, April 18 and April 25 at 1 p.m. in the ballroom. All recitals are free with garden admission with first-come-first-served seating.
Israeli pianist Ran Dank will present a free concert on Saturday, April 10, in the ballroom. Dank won first prize at the 2009 Young Concert Artists international auditions and Grad Prize at the 2008 Hilton Head Competition, which gave him a recital debut at Carnegie Hall.
@bod:Piffaro, the expert ensemble in Renaissance music will present three concerts of the soundscape of the Spanish mid-17th century cultural flowering with compositions by Juan Hidalgo.
Concerts will be at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1625 Locust St. Philadelphia, on April 16 at 8 p.m. Another performance will be on April 17 at 8 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia. The final performance will be on April 18 at 4 p.m. at Sts. Andrew and Matthew Church, 8th and Shipley Streets, Wilmington. There are pre-concert talks prior to each performance. For tickets ($25-$35) go to www.piffaro.org or call 215-235-8469.
@bod:A symposium on garden design will be held at the Mendenhall Inn Wednesday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guest speakers will be Paul Redman, director of Longwood Gardens and Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, Internationally known author and interior designer.
Tickets are $85 from Kennett Symphony office at 610-444-8383.
@bod:The Brandywine River Museum has a unique collection of miniature portraits of only one eye of a beloved. This unusual grouping from the collection of Phyllis and Jamie Wyeth has broaches, lockets and bracelets. It will be on display through July 11.
@bod:The Chadds Ford Gallery will open its exhibit "Women in Art: The Brandywine Valley," Friday, April 9, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. The paintings of the Brandywine Valley are by seven female artists.
@bod:The annual members' exhibition at the Center for the Creative Arts in Yorklyn will open April 9 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will run through April 30.
@bod:Studio Artist Sue Benner will lecture on the "Working Path" of making a quilt at the Chester County Historical Society on April 14 at 7 p.m. Visitors may come at 6:30 p.m. to see the exhibit "Layers: Unfolding the Stories of Chester County Quilts". Admission $15.
Benner will lead a two-day workshop April 15 and 16 on making quilts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission is $125. Pre-registration required at 610-692-4800.
@bod:The Delaware Museum of Natural History will hold a special day of activities for children on April 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They have crafts, a puppet show, hatching chicks and games
@bod:The Unionville High School cafeteria will be the site of the Family Fun Night with the spaghetti dinner to benefit the United Way on Saturday, April 10, from 5 to 9 p.m. You can feed the entire family for $25, plus have some free dance lessons, musical entertainment, a bake sale and videos for the younger set. Tickets purchased in advance online will save a few dollars off the price. $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Go to www.unitedwayscc.org
@bod:The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation is hosting its third lecture on April 14 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. Guest speaker will be Kim Statham and Dusty Shockley from Delaware's Department of Education. They will discuss the new model social studies curriculum unit "Thinking Chronologically" that will be introduced into Delaware schools this spring semester.
The reception with cash bar is at 6 p.m., the lecture at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance (call 302-429-7447) or $15 at the door.
@bod:The Quebec-based Cirque Du Soleil will celebrate its 25th year when it open in Philadelphia April 8 in the blue and yellow Big Top at the Avenue of the Arts at Broad and Washington streets. With 54 performing artists performances are Tuesdays through Sundays. For tickets go on line at www.cirquedusoleil.com
@bod:A family friendly concert created by artistic director Xiang Gao at the University of Delaware will have a variety of guests artists, one never knows who, for a multimedia concert. These concerts have sold out for the last five years. The concert will be at Mitchell Hall on Saturday, April 17, at 8 p.m. For tickets ($27) call 302-831-0358.
@bod:The 20th Young Artist Voice Competition for vocalists aged 18 through 26 of the Kennett Symphony of Chester County was held last month at Kendal at Longwood. Chaired by Mr. and Mrs. David Gilbert, the competition had 21 gifted young musicians from 12 different music school programs who participated in the program. Each singer had to prepare three audition pieces, including one from each of three different centuries and only one in English.
First place was won by Baritone Jarrett Ott, a senior at West Chester University School of Music, a student of Randall Scarlata. He will be the featured soloist with the Kennett Symphony on Dec. 4, at Kennett High School. Second place went to Melissa Wimbish, who is studying for her graduate performance diploma at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. The third place winner was Siddhartha Misra, a graduate of Northwestern University and Temple University, who is working as a full time musician in the Philadelphia area.
The first place winner received a cash prize of $500 and the opportunity to solo with the Kennett Symphony, second place $300 and third place $100. Financial support is provided by The Kennett Mushroom Festival and The Kennett Run Charities.
@bod:The University Opera Workshop will present two short comedic operas on Saturday, April 10, at 3 p.m. in Loudis Hall in the Amy E. duPont Music Building at Amstel Avenue and Orchard Road. They will give Menotti's "The Telephone," about a man trying to propose but his fiancee is constantly on the phone, and Berkeley's "A Dinner Engagement." This second opera has an impoverished English aristocrat trying to find a wealthy suitor for their daughter as everything goes wrong. Tickets from 302-831-2204 are $$12 for adults, $8 for seniors.
@bod:The new Candlelight Theatre has two special events this week. On Thursday, April 8, the Candlelight Comedy Cub will feature well known stand up comic and author Brian McKim and Traci Skene who was named "Funniest Woman in Philadelphia." Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and include light-fare buffet and show. Cash Bar. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with show at 7:30 p.m. Call 302-475-2313.
@bod:Jim Barone, will present "The Heart of Elvis" at the Candlelight Theatre in Arden, Del., on Friday, April 9. Barone is one of the nation's best Elvis tribute artists. Dinner and the show are $55, with a cash bar. Call 302-475-2313 for tickets.
@bod:That old favorite "Jack and the Beanstalk" will be given at the Delaware Children's Theatre, 1014 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, on April 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, May 1 and May 2. All performances are at 2 p.m. with unassigned seating. For tickets call 302-655-1014.Tickets are $10.
@bod:A new musical version of "Alice in Wonderland" perfect for ages 4 and up will be given at The Media Theatre104 E. State St., Media, April 10, 19 and 24.For tickets call 610-891-0100.
@bod:"Red Baron" - The Red Baron, an idol to the German populace, begins to understand how horrible war is, yet still feels responsibility to his flying squadron. Friday, April 9 at 8 p.m. ($7); Saturday, April 10, at 5 p.m. ($5); and Sunday, April 11, at noon ($5).
"Vincere" - The true story of Mussolini's first wife and their son. When Mussolini began gaining power, he married someone else and had his first wife put in an insane asylum and his son in an institution. Friday, April 9, at 2 p.m. ($5); Saturday, April 10, at 2 p.m. ($5) and 8 p.m. ($7); and Sunday, April 11, at 6 p.m. ($7).
Rigoletto one of the greatest operas by Verdi with its touching portrayal of a father/daughter relationship and some of opera's best arias. Performed in 2008 by Teatro "Regio di Parma" - Sunday, April 11 at 3 p.m. ($20).
@bod:The Chester County Community Foundation is offering a series of workshops for fund-raising professionals that cover almost all aspects of endeavors in this field. The workshops are scheduled for the second Friday of each month from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The April 9 topic is "Strategic Planning: Get to Where You Want To Be" by Pam Leland, Ph.D. Each session is $40 Online registration is available at www. Chescocf.org or by calling 610-696-8211.
@bod:Congratulations to 32 volunteers from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals who planted 1,400 trees last month. As part of a multi-year reforestation campaign undertaken by the Brandywine Conservancy, the volunteers donated their time and energy to plant trees in the 771-acre Laurels Preserve in Unionville last month. This benefits the health of the water resources, prevents erosion and storm runoff and slows global warming.
uCaryl Huffaker lives in Kennett Township.