Closing in on the end of this bedstead. It’s been ages; I have the best customers, so patient!
This week one of the tasks I did was cutting out the rosette-shapes on the tops of each bedpost. I carve the designs in them when the post is solid, then cut them out afterwards. The ash posts are 2″ x 3 1/2″. It starts with some saw kerfs:
Then chisel-work down to that saw cut:
Here’s a closer view of some of that work:
To clean up those chisel-cuts, I pare across the posts’ thickness with a very sharp paring chisel. This leaves a faceted surface. If this one is like our bedstead, these will get a great patina from handling them.
I bevel the backs too – just to remove any sharp corners.
Here’s one from the foot of the bed:
We’ve had very few winter ducks this season so far. Today in the afternoon, there was great light on a female common goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) so I snuck (or sneaked) down to the river to take a few photos.