carving video posted

I’ve been working on a series of carving videos to go with the upcoming drawings/patterns (out for what we figure is the final test-print now) – I’ll write more about these series of drawings soon. One thing about them is that they are grouped according to bodies of work I have studied for 30 years now. The first set will be called “Devon, England and Ipswich, Massachusetts – set 1.”  If things go well (polite-speak for “if they sell…”) there will be at least one, maybe two more from that group, and many others besides. There’s lots of groups/shop-traditions/locales – when I was studying surviving furniture, the goal was to see as many related works as possible, to better understand what is “normal” versus what is an aberration.

But there were/are times when I come across an object for which there is no known history and no obvious related works. My friend Trent and I used to use an informal shorthand for these – UFOs.

The carving at the top of this post is my version of one of these UFO patterns. It’s a typical format – the use of lunettes above and below a horizontal centerline – I carved a different take on it in my first Lie-Nielsen video years ago, and in the book Joiner’s Work. But this “infill” is slightly made up by me, using a photo from Vic Chinnery’s Oak Furniture: The British Tradition as a starting point.

So this one doesn’t fit into any grouping – thus I shot a video of it just because I had a wide enough board. And it gives us a carving video-tease until the real thing comes along… I shot some new footage for an opening sequence and Daniel put it together perfectly…we hope you like it.

We’ll still finish the basket-making series, but I’ve been up to my eyeballs in carving lately and wanted to show some. Here goes:


6 thoughts on “carving video posted

  1. Thank you Mr. Follansbee for the video! Watched it last evening. Very Inspirational and motivating!
    Im reading your latest book now-wonderful and well done!
    id be willing to pay for patterns, future videos.
    Ive become a fan! I love my clear pine here, but what I wouldnt do for some other species!
    Thanks again
    Gregg Tarantino
    Ward, Colorado

  2. Hi Mr. Follansbee,

    Very good video, perfect for me since I want to start integrating some carving on some of my work. Bought your book last week, and I am enjoying it. It will get well used when I start practising. I have been reading your blog for awhile and watching some of your videos, all interesting content. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, it is much appreciated.


  3. An excellent no-nonsense video. I’m interested in your mention of the original idea from Victor Chinnery’s book and I’ve been trying (in vain!) to locate it – can you mention the page number in your edition, please?

    Many thanks…..

  4. OK – this only took me 4 days to get around to… (my books & this computer are not in the same room…) – figure 3:382 in the new edition of Chinnery. The original is in walnut, which I’ve done but don’t like. American walnut is too dark for shadows to show up…

    • Peter, Many thanks for the reply. I have the original picture to compare now. It seems to have had a later lock and hasp added over the carving by the looks of it. To my view, English Walnut taken from a stress-free trunk can be almost as compliant as lime and very easy to carve – it takes detail very well. Plus, I guess that it was a higher status material than Oak, even then.
      Alternatively the highly figured stuff from the roots and burl is best left to the shotgunun-stock-makers and dash-boards of Rolls-Royces.

      Standing Walnut here in the UK is quite scarce as a timber and many significant trees of all types have legal protection orders to prevent disfiguring pruning and opportunistic felling.
      Where I live in Wales Walnut won’t grow at all – too far north – and the indigenous Sessile Oak (Quercus Petraea) grows on the hillsides like a corkscrew; it’s impossible to get good straight stuff from it.
      But I have some quartered European Oak – French, I think – and the right-sized off cut to work on.

      Again, many thanks for taking the time to look it up.

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