How to Make Pierced Panels
Learn how Brian Newell creates his pieced panels using precision scrollsaw work and delicate carving.
Synopsis: Learn how to carve a pierced panel with Brain Newell. Because the background is removed with a scrollsaw, his panels allow three-dimensional carving and let the light pass through. Here he demonstrates the carving involved in three types of panel: a solid, flat panel; a solid, curved panel, and a laminated curved panel.
Wall-mounted cabinets did not figure prominently in the household of my Michigan childhood. But an introduction to the genre came through the books of James Krenov. By the end of my one-year stay at College of the Redwoods (now The Krenov School), I had made several, and the form has become a constant in my woodworking. Like most of the cabinets I made at the school and in my subsequent 30 years of making, they held very little. More akin to sculpture than furniture, in a pinch they could contain a small collection of teacups or…