Issue Six: Jim McConnell on Pennsylvania Dutch Paint

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The beauty and artistry of period Pennsylvania Dutch painted furniture is well known. Full of whimsy and symbolism while maintaining rigid symmetry and proper proportions, this style characterizes German-American furniture decoration in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Join author Jim McConnell as he explores the German roots of the tradition through the Middle Ages, and follows it all the way into the 21st century by building and painting a Pennsylvania Dutch-style dovetailed chest, using methods and motifs he discovered along the way. From the ubiquitous six-pointed star pattern (often called a “hex” symbol) to hearts and tulips, these symbols are laid out with geometric precision using compasses, then painted in vibrant colors in a way that can bring functional joy into everyday life.


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