I’m not ashamed, I can admit it – I now officially carve smiley faces. It’s Bob Van Dyke’s fault.
I watched the new Mary May/Lie-Nielsen carving video last night – https://www.lie-nielsen.com/product/basic-woodcarving-techniques-with-mary-may and wanted to pick up some tools & get carving. But it was 11:30 pm, & I didn’t want to wake up the kids. Had to wait for today. I started in on the next wainscot chair panel. You’ll see something you rarely see here; pencil and chalk. This was one of those 14″ wide radial panels – I didn’t want to mess it up. There’s no layout that I can discern on the original; so I sketched here & there, and started outlining with the V-tool. I spent almost 40 minutes to get it roughed out, but that included shooting photographs too.
I worked one half side at a time – and on each of those broke it into 3 segments that are not quite thirds. But it helps to establish the major elements.
This one below is the bulk of the pattern; missing a large flower in the middle. So then I just carried the same general scheme across to the other half.
Here’s the outline mostly done. Tomorrow I’ll add the flowers and then remove background & fit details.
Here’s a taste of the layering of this panel, showing some of these leaves falling under others. Simple and effective.