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. Headley explains how he copied chair legs to make a patter without damaging the chair. He used an excavated, unfinished table leg to see how Scott roughed them out, and matched gouges to the original sculpted ankle to start carving. He explains how to determine the dimensions of ball-and-claw feet and how to carve, shape and smooth them out. He closes with information on how 18th-century woodworkers sanded their pieces.

From Fine Woodworking #84