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.

    Pascal.

  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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