Art Nouveau Coffee Table Clay Model of the Base 1/4” Scale Before starting to carve this large coffee table base I needed to see the design in my head, to work out the design and size for wood glue up and mortis and tenon location. The top size is 78” x 60” elliptical shaped that sets into the customers cigar room. To shape this design into clay was much harder than I thought it would be. It took approximately 40 hours and was a little stressful for the first two da...
One very clever artist! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjMDgG24Y3U
Picked this one up at a yard sale for $2 this past summer. I thought for $2 it would be good for getting use to using and sharpen hand tools again, and get away from all the noise of my power tools. I thought if I mess it up it is only $2. For me it is just not fun using power tools after all the years I had to use them on the job. But I still enjoy working wood. So now I am slowly replacing the Power with good “Old Fashion” hand tools. Now I can relax listen to my music as I wo...
Carving kit is done, carving blocks cut (not shown), basswood, butternut, and paulonia. now searching for a good beginners carving book.
You may have seen my project post here which explains the background for this design. Several readers expressed their interest in a blog to show how to make one of these, so here it is. BackgroundSince this is not a replica of any genuine historic article, but rather a project inspired by the viking ships and their old time bear mugs you should feel free to put your own twist on this. That’s what the Viking carvers did anyway and no two of the inspirational pieces are alike anywa...
Every once and a while as a craftsman, a job will find you which will give you new life and inspiration. Also bringing out the best of your abilities as a craftsman. It isn’t easy finding someone that likes you own individual style as a furniture maker where you can build pieces that you have only dreamed of building someday for someone. It has been kind of a slow year and I never dreamed that this one person would just walk in my business and request pieces of such intricate detail ...
Latest Windsor Chair video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QM9X5RZ77I
Here is a great idea for a Christmas Tree. I might have a go at one.Below is a video on how it’s done. Very clever guy.. https://www.youtube.com/embed/1yWmqbltB-c
I finished carving one leg with all but the tenon at the top. The carving went well and turned out great. I will carve the rest in my spare time and will use shop time to build the frame which supports the table top. The view here if from the bottom looking up under the top. Each of the pieces are 3 1/8 wide and 2 1/2 thick. The joinery is draw bored mortise and tenons. The tenons are each 2 inches wide and 3/4 thick and present a challenge as most of the joinery is at 45 ...
Fine Woodworking Magazine published an article many years ago of a table that Sydney Barnsley built in the 1920’s.The table is now in a museum in Cheltenham England. The article had original drawings that I redrew in Sketchup.I traveled to England last year to see the original and I have just procured some old white oak barn beams that I am going to use for the undercarriage. The table fascinates me and will require a lot of hand work and chip carving.It may take a while, but I wi...
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