As I said earlier, I have been doing some carving lately. I have several classes this year on carving; but you might remember from an earlier post, I used up some of my carving samples/patterns. https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2012/01/12/it-was-the-rust-that-got-me/
When I teach, I like to have many examples for students to learn from…
so I started carving some new examples. Here’s one that is featured on almost all of my work, a pattern I call the “S-scroll”. I use it over & over; to the point where the entire 2nd DVD I did with Lie-Nielsen covers only this design, in about 5 versions. http://www.lie-nielsen.com/catalog.php?grp=1320
This is the basic outline, struck with the curved gouges themselves.
here is the “freehand” part; using the V-tool to connect the circles defined with the small gouge.
I think the total number of gouges for this pattern was 6; a V-tool, 3 different curved gouges, one very shallow gouge for removing the background and a very tiny one for two little stop cuts in the details at the end.
Now the pattern has been struck with the gouges.
now some background removed
now some incised details, chopping out small gouge cuts, brings us to the finished design & its outline.
So just when I was really getting going; the museum’s tree person (we call him Hurricane Craig) came by & trimmed a very large sycamore (here in the US it’s a sycamore; in the UK the same tree is a London Plane Tree; and sycamore means something else over there.) the Latin name for this tree is Platanus occidentalis. Anyway, this pile represents about 1/10th of the haul. It’s a lousy splitting wood, but once you get it open, it’s great for wooden ware.
So, I have lots of furniture & shop work to do, but spoons, here I come.