a reader wrote & asked about what happens when there’s a mistake? In carving for instance, do you try to glue back a piece that pops off, or just keep going? Start over?
My short answer was you just keep going. I try to keep a file of errors, mis-cues, etc that I find on period pieces. here’s a simple one. Old B & W photos by a friend of mine; a carved chest in a private collection. the chest is 17th-century, Plymouth.
another of the three panels in the front:
So – in the overall view of the chest, you don’t even notice a problem…so what’s to worry about? Alexander used to tell chairmaking students, “The eye is very forgiving.” It’s true…