When you’re in any respect serious about carving, I’d guess good cash your research will rapidly deliver you to Peter Follansbee. He’s, so far as I can inform, the one woodworker specializing at a excessive stage in Seventeenth-century carving—a really identifiable model—and educating it across the nation. He’s a wealth of knowledge, so it’s each heart-warming and bonkers how a lot he offers away totally free. For instance, his weblog has been operating persistently since July 2008. Newer are his YouTube movies, like this lozenge panel, which proved significantly useful after I was researching lengthy, vertical patterns to adapt for a pair of inside doorways. I wish to suppose I’m fairly accustomed to this model’s strategies, however I ended up watching the complete video twice after which some refresher segments simply to dwelling in on strategies. For the newbie, the sample’s merely entry-level V-tool work, punched cuts with gouges, and order of operations. For extra superior carvers, watch the place Follansbee intersects V-tool traces, how he chooses and orients gouges to create leaves that circulate from bulbous to delicate. For everybody, take heed to how exhausting he hits his dang mallet. No joke, the subsequent time I shoot with him I’m carrying listening to safety. However these heavy wails are what give his carving its great depth, and due to this fact shadow, in such exhausting oak. My carvings aren’t practically deep sufficient but, however fortunately I’ve Peter’s movies to assist that.
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