The gathering has begun. I’m collecting source and modeling material to firm up the foggy notions floating in my head. Sketching will be involved, but I want to model in full scale, too, to check “doability”. Imitating a master like Grinling Gibbons is no small task. I haven’t really begun and I am already humbled!
So here are the humble beginnings. I’ll add pictures as I come across stuff or complete a model. These pictures represent the basswood column that will be the back bone of the piece, the plant leaders, foliage forms, etc. There will be grape bunches, raspberry clusters, hydrangea blooms, misc. leaves, possible Wisteria blooms and of course the ever challenging plant leaders that act like delicate feelers for the plant to find things to climb upon.
Red raspberry blooms:
A picture in the Handbook of Ornament split my thinking into two forms, so I must make a decision. One form is a vase with long stem cuttings that twist around each other. It’s pretty open and airy. The other form, the original in my thinking, is a flattened pot with a post supporting dense foliage. If one is reasonably successful, I may do the other. I’m leaning towards the original idea, post and dense foliage.
It’s gonna take awhile, so don’t hold your breath. It’s not a commission (yet) so it’s a learning thing done in my “spare” time.
-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com