How They Did It: Shaped to Perfection
See how he creates undulating forms without touching a lathe
While Grant Vaughan’s flowing shapes (back cover of FWW #203, members can view it online) suggest a carefree exploration of form, the reality is quite the opposite. The design, drawing, carving, sanding, and refining of each piece takes weeks, not hours or days. When Vaughan tried to work in a less structured way, carving and designing at the same time, the designs weren’t successful from all angles. Now, he works out the design before he begins carving and accomplishes these fluid, organic pieces by working precisely and methodically, without a lathe, which he feels would limit his design possibilities.
|Layout and rough shaping. Vaughan transfers drawings to multiple sides of a squared block of wood. He then uses an Arbortech power carver to shape the underside, leaving a flat on the bottom where he can glue on a clamping block.|