some period carvings, some of mine

Well, last week you saw what one student did with my carving lessons, (https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2013/09/10/this-makes-teaching-more-fun/ ) and now I have taught two more classes of carving in the past 2 months; I thought it might be helpful to show some period work here. All oak of course.

There’s a lot of new readers showing up, so I might do some review of stuff that’s gone before. I started by looking at photos that are already loaded into the blog’s till…it’s always nice to review, you might see something you missed before.

This one’s England, marked out with compasses to outline the framing; the panel is most likely freehand around a vertical centerline.

 

 

cupboard door, oak
cupboard door, oak

Some basic geometry behind this design, also England, probably the Lakes District, dated 1691.

carved panel nail holes lakes 2

 

Another carving from the same piece of furniture.

torn-up moldings on cupboard door panel, 1691

Some of my favorite English stuff, this is a pew carving from Totnes, Devon. Early 17th-c.

 

carved panel, Totnes pews

 

An old favorite from Braintree, Massachusetts – a panel from a cupboard. About 9″ x 12″.

door panel, attributed to William Savell, Sr.
door panel, attributed to William Savell, Sr.

This one a chest panel from the son of above; this time John Savell, c. 1660-1689.

 

panel, joined chest, c. 1660-1680s
panel, joined chest, c. 1660-1680s

Now, some of my own favorites – might help the new carvers with ideas.

crossed S-scroll pattern
crossed S-scroll pattern
box front, red oak
box front, red oak
carving detail
carving detail

PF carving strapwork

reproduction 17th-century furniture
carving “sunflower” chest panel

box b detail carving

 

The DVDs on carving are available from Lie-Nielsen…for more info on them and the joint stool book, see this page:

https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/book-dvds/

 

 

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “some period carvings, some of mine

  1. These are some of my favorite types of posts you make. I love digging into the period examples like this in the nice high resolution photos you give us. to look at tool marks, scratch layout lines and the like. I find it to be very inspiring.

  2. Peter
    Thanks for the carving images. How about putting up the William Savell Tree of Life on the battered wall cupboard in the Winerture study collection? This is the one where Savelll carved out an oval sunken field first and then carved the Tree of Life inside the sunken field. It is hard to believe.
    Jennie

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