Carving

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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  • Making a SplashMaking a Splash

    by Jonathan Binzen

    No lathe is used for the creation of these droplet bowls. See how Danny Kamerath does it....

  • SplashSplash

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Danny Kamerath crafts droplet bowls in a range of sizes and shapes....

  • The Story of a Custom KnobThe Story of a Custom Knob

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Abiel Rios Wong demonstrates how he makes his own tools by making a custom knob. He made the knob from a length of 1-in. brass rod and a small hunk of ebony cut ...

  • Turn a Carver's MalletTurn a Carver's Mallet

    by Michael Cullen

    Every workshop needs at least two mallets, Michael Cullen says. Flat-sided mallets are extremely useful, but when it comes to carving and other tasks where a light ...

  • Carved Pulls Give a Handmade TouchCarved Pulls Give a Handmade Touch

    by Timothy Coleman

    There are times when a traditional door or drawer pull doesn’t seem right, or is not practical, as in drawers located behind doors. For these situations, a pull ...

  • Fillister Plane Cuts Quick Rabbets and MoreFillister Plane Cuts Quick Rabbets and More

    by Chris Gochnour

    A fillister plane, sometimes called a rabbet plane, can be used to cut a rabbet very quickly, without all the hassle of changing blades or bits and setting up the ...

  • A Journey to BombéA Journey to Bombé

    by Thomas McKenna

    A bombe chest is a tour de force for a woodworker, requiring a combination of excellent technical skills, eye for detail, and period furniture acumen to pull off. ...

  • How to Carve a ShellHow to Carve a Shell

    by Randall O'Donnell

    Learn how to lay out and carve an 18th-century-style fan

  • Applied carvingApplied carving

    by Will Neptune

    A traditional and useful technique, applied carving makes it easier to get a smooth background than carving done "in the solid," where you have to lower the background ...

  • Dress Up your Furniture with Surface CarvingDress Up your Furniture with Surface Carving

    by Michael Cullen

    Walk past a piece of furniture with surface carving, and the light dances on and off the carved surface, creating highlights and shadows that are in motion from ...

  • 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 ...

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