Roubo versus The Carver

Indexer’s Note: As I reread “With All the Precision Possible: Roubo on Furniture Making” and update the index I can hear my father’s voice say the same things that Roubo wrote. “Draw a plan, measure correctly, cut precisely, hand me that hammer.” OK, maybe not that last one. As he points out how the work should be done Roubo interjects his frustration with joiners, chairmakers and caners when they do not work with precision, or try to improve the quality of their work. He is especially exasperated by carvers. I decided to have a little fun at Roubo’s expense.

In the atelier there was a great commotion in the carver’s corner.

But Monsieur Roubo was not done.


The “Masterpiece” was revealed to the atelier and the chair denizens reacted.

Well past midnight Monsieur Roubo faced a terrible reality and was inconsolable.

 

Suzanne Ellison

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12 Responses to Roubo versus The Carver

  1. Salko Safic says:

    Isn’t it amazing we would give our left uhum to carve like that and here is Roubo degrading their work. If that’s what he thought then, imagine what he would say today.

  2. hgordon4 says:

    Monty Python meets Lerner & Lowe…
    And the results are surprisingly good!
    Well done saucyindexer!

  3. Thom. Eno says:

    Best post of the year!

    On Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 2:04 AM, Lost Art Press wrote:

    > saucyindexer posted: “Indexer’s Note: As I reread “With All the Precision > Possible: Roubo on Furniture Making” and update the index I can hear my > father’s voice say the same things that Roubo wrote. “Draw a plan, measure > correctly, cut precisely, hand me that hammer.” OK, mayb” >

  4. adumbiam says:

    Remember that time they fake fired Saucy….

  5. colsdave says:

    Aunt Alicia: Love, my dear Gigi, is a thing of beauty like a work of art, and like a work of art it is created by artists. The greater the artist the greater the art. And what makes an artist?
    Gigi: Cigars and jewelry?

    • saucyindexer says:

      I haven’t watched the film in a long time and forgot about those lines. Cigars and jewelry…thanks for the reminder.

  6. Who needs parallel when you can mirror?…asked the chairmaker.

  7. artisandcw says:

    Saucy, you make me laugh out loud. Exactly my intent when we started down the Roubo Road a decade ago.

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