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Chanticleer and Wharton Esherick staff have teamed up to provide a tour that focuses on how each cultural institution showcases wood-working, craftsmanship, and inspiration gained through the observation of nature. The program will begin at the Wharton Esherick Museum, with a tour of Wharton Esherick’s Studio. Longtime docent and woodworker, Al Trapuzzano will describe how Wharton Esherick was inspired by the natural world and how his work evolved over time. Participants will learn about the functional aspects of his furniture, the wood that he selected, and how the property informed his non-traditional designs.

The second portion of the program will take place at Chanticleer, where participants will take a closer look at the artistry completed by the staff. As we stroll through the garden, Horticulturist and Woodworker, Dan Benarcik will describe the process of designing furniture for use and display in a public garden. Participants will get a behind the scenes look at the wood shop, current and new furniture projects, and how furniture is sited in the garden.


Program Schedule

1:00-2:30 pm Wharton Esherick tour

2:35-2:55 pm Travel to Chanticleer

3:00-4:30 pm Chanticleer tour


This program will be offered rain/shine. Directions will be provided to participants at the start of the class; no transportation is provided.

Tickets: $55

Please note: Tickets are limited and payment is required at the time of reservation.


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