Carvings Cap an Impressive Chest
An outstanding piece of furniture should be as inspiring in its details as in its overall form. The details that elevate Doug Mooberry’s mahogany chest of drawers are the starfish, shells, and ribbons that grace the perimeter of the top. They were carved by Steven Swann of Coatesville, Pa., who specializes in carving for furniture.
Swann takes us through the major steps of the carving process here. But he cautions that one of the most critical steps comes before you pick up a gouge—carefully developing and laying out your design on the workpiece. For efficiency and for crisp carvings, he says, the curves of your design should match the sweep of your gouges.