My shop is a complete disaster lately, overflowing with too many nearly-finished projects, and newly-begun work. Throw in a week’s worth of shavings, and a stack of red oak, along with wh0-knows-what else, and I see a night of cleaning it out soon.
Chris Schwarz just posted a piece the other night extolling the virtue of white pine, (http://blog.lostartpress.com/2009/05/23/The+Perfect+Handtool+Wood.aspx) and I will second that. I use it regularly as a secondary wood for my work. It’s a great timber. I use it air-dried, and just brought a bunch of it in the shop the other day. These boards ran from 18″-25″ wide, mostly without knots.
An extra-curricular project I have underway is a screen door for the house, this is the only joined work I have done in years in pine, I have no photos yet, except this chip-carved detail. I couldn’t leave that much wood blank.
Back to oak stuff, the cupboard I am making for the MFA in Boston is mostly sitting still at this point, as I wait for the maple blocks to dry a bit before turning the large pillars. I did a carving for the front rail of the upper section the other day. Once I turn the pillars, then I can frame the overhang, and start in on applied moldings.
and a detail of the upper rail’s carving, it’s very simple stuff, a little compass-work, then freehanded from there.
It seems slightly reminiscent of Hadley carvings in its design, and other Connecticut River valley stuff too. Here’s a detail of one I did a couple of years ago, with the same sort of compass-work outline, but entirely different treatment within: