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LostArtPress on InstagramTrim the pins on the inside of the assembly any number of ways. You can saw them off or trim them with a chisel or gouge. Use the chisel bevel down and pare from both sides. Cutting straight across will blow out the edge of the pin. Trim the outside just above the surface with your tenon saw, then pare it down to the surface with a broad chisel, again held bevel down. Once the front and rear frames are assembled, trim their pins all around. Then set the frames face-down on the bench, with their feet pointing at each other. (Second image) If you marked your joints clearly, this step is a snap. If you didn’t, then it can be pretty confounding. Many of these pieces look alike, and sometimes they will almost fit together the wrong way. That’s enough to really cause confusion. We’ve built stools with parts upside down before. It’s not hard to do, but it is hard to un-do. — from “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” by Jennie Alexander and Peter Follansbee @peterfollansbee #Make_a_Joint_Stool_from_a_TreeOf all game Tables, those for billiards are, without contradiction, the largest, and of which the construction requires the most attention on the part of the Joiner, so as to give them all the strength and perfection to which they are inclined. It is this difficulty that has made only a few Joiners attempt billiard Tables, and that the small numbers of those who do are in Paris. While they succeed in doing it well, it is a secret to other Joiners, which, however, is nothing other than much precaution in the choice of wood, and a very great precision in execution. — from “With all the Precision Possible: Roubo on Furniture” by André-Jacob Roubo, translation by Donald C. Williams, Michele Pietryka-Pagán & Philippe Lafargue #Roubo_on_FurnitureThough the Internet has changed many things about making a living at woodworking, it hasn’t changed this: Good photography is important. — from “The Intelligent Hand” by David Binnington Savage @finefurnituremaker #the_intelligent_hand
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Category Archives: Carve the Acanthus with Mary May
This is an excerpt from “Carving the Acanthus Leaf” by Mary May. STEP 25: Round the Curled Leaf Tip. Using a #3, 14mm, round the curled lobe at the tip of the leaf and lower the outer edge of the leaf where … Continue reading
Perhaps the best way to describe Mary May, author of “Carving the Acanthus Leaf,” is to describe another woman – Grace. Grace began as an 8” x 10” x 21” block of mahogany, and emerged not with plan or intent, but … Continue reading
If you’ve ever met Mary May, author of “Carving the Acanthus Leaf,” then you probably know this already: Mary does not do anything halfway. Her book is an exhaustive look at carving this iconic motif with hundreds and hundreds of … Continue reading
In the Spring 2018 issue of Pins & Tales (the Society of American Period Furniture Makers‘ e-magazine), Martin O’Brien, a professional furniture maker, stone carver and well-known conservator, reviewed Mary May‘s “Carving the Acanthus Leaf.” “As an instructional text, it … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “Carving the Acanthus Leaf” by Mary May. DRAWING THE SYMMETRICAL ‘S’ CURVE This example works with multiple curves and shows how to draw a symmetrical design that identifies the midrib of the leaf for Chapter 5. By … Continue reading
Can there ever be too many ways of learning to carve acanthus leaves? My new book, “Carving the Acanthus Leaf,” has full and complete step-by-step instructions on how to carve a variety of different historical acanthus leaves using hundreds of … Continue reading
When I first stepped into one of Mary May’s architectural woodcarving classes, I had some vague notion of what it would be like to carve wood. Though I had some interest (I’m interested in making just about anything with wood), … Continue reading