Carve a Decorative Fan
Use a handful of gouges and chisels to make this Queen Anne relief carving
Synopsis: 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 period, and is a fairly simple relief carving to master.
From Fine Woodworking #201
Cabriole legs may give a Queen Anne lowboy its signature grace, but the fan is its visual centerpiece.
The fan, which decorates the bottom center drawer of the lowboy (see pp. 62-69), was a popular element in Queen Anne furniture. It is a fairly simple relief carving that requires a handful of gouges and chisels.
I begin with the drawer front cut to size and its edge detail shaped. To lay out the fan, draw a baseline 1 1⁄4 in. from the bottom of the drawer front. From the center point of this line, draw a perpendicular line. Where these lines intersect, place the compass point and draw…