Carving - Fine Woodworking How-To page 4


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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  • Carving Tool Tune-upCarving Tool Tune-up

    by Ian Agrell

    Carver Ian Agrell tells his students to treat sharpening as an art in itself. More important than the choice of sharpening system is knowing what shape is required ...

  • Router-Assisted Cockleshell CarvingRouter-Assisted Cockleshell Carving

    by Howard Wing

    Howard Wing figured out a router setup that could shape the basic spherical surface of a cockleshell as well as rough out the flutes. He developed a two-axis router ...

  • The Basics of Classical Relief CarvingThe Basics of Classical Relief Carving

    by Nora Hall

    Master carver Nora Hall teaches beginners how to carve, and she marvels at how quickly students develop skill at manipulating light and shadow to create realistic ...

  • Carving a Ball-and-Claw FootCarving a Ball-and-Claw Foot

    by Mack S. Headley, Jr.

    Mack Headley, Jr., studied the furniture and carving of Peter Scott, a cabinetmaker who worked in Williamsburg, Virginia, from the early 1720s to the mid-1770s. ...

  • Relief-CarvingRelief-Carving

    by John E. Meyers

    John E. Meyers compares relief-carving to a magician’s tricks; here, he explains how to visualize the foreground and background as many layers. He talks about how ...

  • Cabriole KneesCabriole Knees

    by Mack S. Headley, Jr.

    Colonial Williamsburg cabinetmaker Mack Headley explains how to make a leaf pattern on a cabriole leg adapted from one found on a chair from the 1740s. It’s a strong, ...

  • Turning and Carving PiecrustTurning and Carving Piecrust

    by Eugene E. Landon

    Here are 17 photo-illustrated steps demonstrating how to turn and carve a piecrust top, using traditional methods. The original of the table shown in this article ...

  • Carving a Scallop ShellCarving a Scallop Shell

    by Mack S. Headley, Jr.

    Colonial Williamsburg’s Mack Headley, Jr., offers step-by-step instruction how to carve a shell. He explains the numbering system of carving tools and the importance ...

  • Carving Incised LettersCarving Incised Letters

    by Roger Holmes

    Fine Woodworking’s Roger Holmes talked to Frank Cushwa, of Kent, Connecticut, about how he came to the art of carving lettered signs and how others can carve them. ...

  • KerbschnitzenKerbschnitzen

    by John Hines

    John Hines took a class from Wayne Barton on chip carving, or kerbschnitzen, which describes a style of carving that uses a short-bladed knife to cut intricate ...

  • Cabriole LegsCabriole Legs

    by Philip C. Lowe

    Philip C. Lowe reviews the history of the cabriole leg and its foot styles and explains how to make a Queen Anne style leg, which terminates in a spoon foot, also ...

  • Linenfold CarvingLinenfold Carving

    by Rick Bütz

    Linenfold carving originated around 1450, and surviving pieces show how stylized it became before being replaced in the Renaissance by floral patterns. Rick Bütz ...

  • Twist TurningTwist Turning

    by Eric Schramm

    Mostly used in reproduction and repair and for Mediterranean-style furniture, spirals are not truly turnings because most of the work is really carving, writes ...

  • A Carver's TricksA Carver's Tricks

    by Eric Schramm

    Eric Schramm has developed a few time-savers over the years. He re-ground butt chisels to make a set of four round-nose chisels, which he uses in place of many ...

  • Chip CarvingChip Carving

    by Rick Bütz

    Chip carving is one of the oldest forms of decorative woodcarving, and it’s also one of the simplest, according to Rick Bütz. He explains how to sharpen a straight-edged ...

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