Here’s the end of another year. This blog will keep chugging along, going into its 13th year. Today, carving an arcading pattern along the apron for a joined stool. I’ve never done this design in print or video. The rail in the photos is about 3 1/2″ high, with a small molding down on its bottom edge.
Here’s one of the carvings:
The layout is all done with a marking gauge, square & awl, and a compass. Oh, a ruler too. Then I do the chisel-work first. It probably doesn’t matter whether you do chisel or gouge work first.
The first set of strikes define the peaked area between the arches.
Then I come in with the chisel very low, and bevel up. Mallet work at first – to chop down to the depth I scored above.
Further along, showing the “peaks” defined now.
Now comes gouge work. This first one is a large #7 (according to the Swiss numbering system, but it’s an English tool.) Might be about 7/8″ wide.
After striking two arcs outside the arches, I then tilt the gouge over a bit and relieve behind the strikes.
Then with a narrower #7, I struck small, somewhat pointed arcs meeting at a centerline on the top margin, between the arches. Then relieve behind these cuts.
Now for inside the arches. A more deeply curved tool defining a small rounded button at the bottom margin, inside the arches.
Switched to a slightly wider gouge, again with more curve than the #7s – I just begin hollowing right near that incised mark, removing wood carefully.
Then I back up further, and go over what I just cut. One of the few times I carve little-by-little. Most everything I carve is to the full depth on one shot.
Now I concentrate on tilting the gouge over to cut along the scribed line. First on one side, then the other.
A little more…
Then the other side gets the same treatment.
Then I blend those surfaces by cutting down the middle of the arch.
Then there’s just a bunch of details; punches, chisel-incised marks, etc.
I shot a video of carving one of these aprons & was mostly pleased with how it came out. But, I continue to be video-challenged. I uploaded it to youtube so I could copy it here. But it looked like crap on youtube. The video itself here on my machine is quite sharp…I’ll try to figure it out & add it later.
PS: well, now it says “HD” – seems better. I don’t know what happened.
One camera, so sometimes my mallet or hands is/are in the way.