Nathan Richardson, Luthier
Kim Ortengren of Wallace James Co.
Cozy for Kim Ortengren's talk. November, 2017.
Steve Corman of Vena's Fizz House. February, 2019.
John Sundling - floral design. April, 2019.

Makers at the Hall

Last Wednesday of the month at 7pm

January thru May & September thru November


Makers at the Hall is a series of talks, panel discussions and lectures that take place at Mechanics’ Hall in Portland, Maine – the historic home of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association.

Inspired by these original makers and mechanical artists, this curated program invites artists, artisans and tradespeople – local Maine leaders in craft and culture, to discuss their work and give audiences a behind the scenes look at their creative process.

Now in its fourth year, previous guests have included light and sculpture artist Pandora LaCasse, violin maker Jonathan Cooper Luthier, print maker Pilar Nadal of Pickwick Press, furniture designer Doug Green, Nick and David Wallace of Wallace Pipe Organs, many more.

Talks are FREE for members or $8 general admission. Doors open at 6:45pm. Refreshments are served after the talk at 8pm. Elevator access to second floor library.


Next Speaker: January 29th

Nathan Richardson Demystifying the Guitar: Nathan is an experienced Luthier, guitar designer, and technician who loves to share his passion for all things guitar with musicians and musical instrument makers alike. His specific focus is to shed light on some of the most misunderstood topics in the guitar industry. In April 2019, he released his book, Learning to Speak Guitar: A Luthier’s Thesaurus, which delivers a new way of understanding through nurturing progress, dispelling myths, and fostering community. Richardson will speak about his pedagogy and share the knowledge he has developed while serving countless musicians, teachers, and shops throughout New England.


POSTPONED: November Speaker – David Masury was scheduled for Nov. 27th, but we have had to postpone this program. We will announce the new date as soon as possible.

As a furniture designer and maker, David has always enjoyed the challenges of creating new designs, but while Masury has built many types of furniture, he always comes back to his first love – the chair. He considers this to be the most difficult piece to design and build well. Masury employs many methods in his process and will push the limits, trying challenging techniques such as tapered or double tapered laminations, carved surfaces, or simply working with graceful curves.


Just released! 2020 Season


January 29th – Nathan Richardson, Luthier

February 26th – Catherine Wiersema, French Chocolatier

March 25th – Joe Lendway, Fine Wood Furniture

April 29th – Ayumi Horie, Pottery & Activism

May 27th – TBA

September 30th – Terrill Waldman & Charlie Jenkins, Tandem Glass Studio

October 28th – Chris Balzer, Balzer Family Clockworks

November 18th* – Scott Nash, Illustrator

*Second to last Wednesday due to holiday.

Watch videos of past lectures through our member page on Portland Media Center’s website.

Below: Makers at the Hall with Pandora LaCasse – September 2018.