The shop is still too cold for what I want to do next; finish the “words box.”
So, do something else! There’s been a pile of little practice carvings stacked on a window sill for a few years. All were carved in February to April 2012. The stack made a nice home for spiders, but even they fled the cold. I could toss those carvings, but holding on to them has won out so far.
Let’s see…, if I rearrange them just right, maybe they can be put together as a “sampler,” a lot like cross-stitch samplers.
Getting them to similar sizes and nesting together was an exercise of time and precision, but work that could be done in a warmer part of the house. A piece of 1/4 inch plywood forms the backing. A rough dab of hide glue holds each. If there is any movement, they might be free to dance around a bit. And Ralph; no mitered corners. Overall size about 18″ square.
- Most were carved before I took any classes from Mary May. In her beginning relief carving class she ~usually~ teaches the donut, simple flowers, fan and linenfold. Grapes come a bit later and there’s a big secret to them.
- The acanthus shapes, c-bar, and coils are from Kurt Koch’s Complete Guide to Architectural Carving: 7 Skill Building Exercises to Master the Techniques. 1
- The stars and rosettes from Rein957’s “Esercizi su legno” on YouTube.
- Others from Frederick Wilbur’s Carving Architectural Detail in Wood: The Classical Tradition. 2 ANY of Wilbur’s books will satisfy.
1 “Complete” is completely inaccurate in the title of Koch’s book. It is a collection of 7 carving exercises. Good, but not “complete” in any sense.
2 One of 3 similar books, Wilbur covers a much broader range of architectural carvings than Koch. Very highly recommended.