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, this type of shell carving was used on chairs, tables, and case pieces like dressing tables, often in several places on the same piece of furniture. For example, Pennsylvania chairs sometimes have several shells; one on the crest rail, one on the seat rail, and one on each of the knees. Together, they unify the chair parts, adding considerably to the overall look of a piece. Learn how to create this classic furniture element with a step-by-step guide from Lonnie Bird.

From Fine Woodworking #210