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Early American Decoration is in my blood. Historic stencils have become my passion.

My formal education started in 1968 apprenticing under Jessica Bond of Dorset, VT. Jessica was a master craftsman with the Historical Society of Early American Decoration, (HSEAD) and a well known researcher of wall stenciling. Upon her retirement, I followed in her footsteps.

These 40 years I have enjoyed the niche market of historic stencils.

My daughter, Vivian, is my CFO and much, much more. My son, Ken, and his wife, Gwenith, have their own business making high-end canvas floor cloths on the west coast. Ken and I have stenciled two houses for Bob Vila; one on Cape Cod and one here in Quechee, VT. I recently painted a mural in the Rufus Porter style in the oldest house in Norwich, VT.

Today I continue my craft plus research, restore or reproduce authentically old stenciling, lecture, and continue to compile collections.

I hope you enjoy my collection.


MB Historic Décor has appeard in:

  • Colonial Reproductions & Designs, September 2005
  • Old House Interiors, January 2005
  • The Artistic Stenciler, Summer 2000
  • Early American Homes, Christmas Edition, 1999
  • Antiques Magazine, (last page) August 1999
  • Colonial Homes, November 1997
  • The Artistic Stenciler, April/May/June 1996
  • Early American Life, February 1996
  • Vermont Public Television's RFD

Articles of homes featuring our stencils appear often in historic decorating magazines, sucah as Early American Homes, February 2000.

Copies of this issue are available here

Past Events

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June 2007: Polly Forcier presented a slide show and talk to art teachers at the Worcester (MA) Art Museum.

Jane Latimore gave a hands-on activities presentation to statewide art teachers at a week-long seminar.

Vivian Bisbee gave a hands-on workshop in creating valentines, stencils and floorcloths.

Michele Hollick taught a sucessful floorcloth workshop at "The Cabins at China Lake," in China, Maine