Philadelphia detailing produced the masterpieces
Synopsis: David Ray Pine explains how he built a tripod piecrust table, a tip-and-turn style that apparently was popular only in the Pennsylvania region. The main article focuses on building the table, not on the carving or turning. He starts with basic details on making the legs, reinforcing the bottom of the shafts with a three-legged iron “spider,” and battening the tabletop. Side information by Eugene E. Landon covers the basics of turning and carving a piecrust top, with extensive, step-by-step photos.
Of the many tripod tea tables made in America in the 18th century, those built in the Philadelphia area are considered by many experts to be the most desirable. The basic design and proportions are very successful when left unadorned (“in the Quaker taste”), but these tables lend themselves equally well to the highly embellished forms that are more often associated with Philadelphia Chippendale furniture.
The tripod table…