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Primarily an ornamental treatment today, carving on furniture has its origin in purely practical reasons, such as the need to shed water, prevent dust buildup, disguise joints, or provide softer edges. Similar to molding, which may be thought of as a
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  • Carve a Shell on a Cabriole LegCarve a Shell on a Cabriole Leg

    by Lonnie Bird

    Though it seems intimidating, carving is easier than you might think—this shell carving on a cabriole knee is a good example. Based on the ones found in Pennsylvania, ...

  • Carvings Cap an Impressive ChestCarvings Cap an Impressive Chest

    by Jonathan Binzen

  • Tale of a Tea Table TopTale of a Tea Table Top

    by Anissa Kapsales

    The top of this tea table appears to have a mitered, scalloped frame but is actually a solid piece of carved mahogany. How does period furniture maker Allan Breed ...

  • Carve a Decorative FanCarve a Decorative Fan

    by Philip C. Lowe

    The visual centerpiece of Phil Lowe's Queen Anne lowboy is this carved fan, which decorates the bottom center drawer. This motif was a popular element for this ...

  • Man or Machine?Man or Machine?

    by Anissa Kapsales

    The unique work of Duncan Gowdy shows landscapes in wood that are so complex and consistent that it would be easy to assume they were carved with a CNC router or ...

  • Pro Portfolio: Carving toward HomePro Portfolio: Carving toward Home

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Duncan Gowdy carves a powerful sense of place into his furniture

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    by Fine Woodworking editors

    Online resources for boatbuilding, carving, turning, and crafting instruments

  • How to Sharpen Woodcarving ToolsVideo: How to Sharpen Woodcarving Tools

    with David Sabol

    This excerpt from the new Taunton DVD, Woodcarving Basics, shows how to make gouges and V-tools razor sharp.

  • How They Did It: Shaped to PerfectionHow They Did It: Shaped to Perfection

    by Grant Vaughan

    See how he creates undulating forms without touching a lathe

  • Learn to Turn Barley-Twist CandlesticksVideo: Learn to Turn Barley-Twist Candlesticks

    with Ernie Conover

    Find out how to lay out, carve, and smooth this distinctive open-twist shape

  • Carve a RosetteCarve a Rosette

    by Tony Kubalak

    Period furniture maker Tony Kubalak takes the intimidation out of carving in this Master Class article on crafting a rosette. Carving is as much a science as an ...

  • The Totem Pole Art of Tommy JosephsThe Totem Pole Art of Tommy Josephs

    by Cindy Ross

    Modern themes and traditional carving methods keep cultural identity alive in Alaska

  • Two Designs for Carved RosettesTwo Designs for Carved Rosettes

    by Tony Kubalak

    How to create a three-tier rosette and a walnut-shell rosette

  • Fine-Feathered IllusionFine-Feathered Illusion

    by Jonathan Binzen

    How Jacques Vesery turns and carves his textured creations

  • Canada's Native Carving TraditionsCanada's Native Carving Traditions

    by Matt Berger

    First Nations artists keep old traditions alive and create new ones with brilliant totem poles and carved objects

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