Ball & Claw Stool

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Project by Loucarb posted 06-01-2009 11:16 PM 2606 views 3 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at a Cabriole leg and carving the ball & claw. I made numerous mistakes but kept plugging away to at least complete something that was close to what I originally wanted to build. I really wanted to learn how to carve the ball & claw and the stool was the by-product. I definitely learned a lot and hope to try again better overall results. I also made a feeble attempt at upholstering and that did not go well. The wood is Mahogany finished with boiled linseed & beeswax

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#1 posted 06-01-2009 11:22 PM

You should be proud of your effort…because you’ve learned from your mistakes…something I can’t see from your pictures. It’s very easy to be hypercritical of one’s own work. For a first attempt, and I’m no expert, you’ve done a fantastic job.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#2 posted 06-01-2009 11:24 PM

I’d say you did an excellant job! I’m not sure about the foot being stained so much darker then the rest, but the actual building and carving is superb.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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Bob A in NJ

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#3 posted 06-01-2009 11:26 PM

Wow, Lou, this is great. I’ve been experimenting craving ball and claw feet on scrap pieces and having a real tough time of it. These look terrific. Very well done!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 06-01-2009 11:37 PM

looks good to me, if there are mistakes they are probably slight.
fabulous work for your first one.
great post

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#5 posted 06-01-2009 11:38 PM

Thanks Guys. I did go heavy on the foot with the stain and it was tuff trying to get it out so I left it. Bob I got most of my info from a video by Phil Lowe “Carve a Ball & Claw Foot” well worth what ever I paid. I wish I could take one of his classes. Thanks again guys for the kind words

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Les Hastings

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#6 posted 06-02-2009 12:01 AM

Great work Lou, nice job on the carvings.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#7 posted 06-02-2009 02:00 AM

Nice job Lou!

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#8 posted 06-02-2009 02:00 AM

Great first attempt, looks really good. You can always reupholster later.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#9 posted 06-02-2009 02:03 AM

Hey Lou
Thats a super stool and cool feet

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 06-02-2009 02:44 AM

WOW !! Nice job on a first try. I love these style legs, they’re so cool.


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#11 posted 06-02-2009 02:50 AM

Very well done!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#12 posted 06-02-2009 03:48 AM

Well done Lou!

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#13 posted 06-02-2009 06:10 AM

I am imperessed, that is a great job.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#14 posted 06-02-2009 07:20 AM

“I also made a feeble attempt at upholstering and that did not go well.”

I think what you ment to say was: “As you can see from the photos, the upholstering came out particularly nice”

It may not be exactly as you had envisioned, but it’s the best looking ball and claw footstool I’ve ever seen!

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#15 posted 06-02-2009 02:10 PM

Very nice craftsmanship. I really like the ball and claw. I don’t think I would have the patience to carve one, and then have to carve three more to match! It looks great.

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