Carve a 17th-Century Panel


Straightforward work with V-tools and gouges creates a lively result.
By Peter Follansbee
Pages: 51-55

From the June 2009 issue #176
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Seventeenth-century New England joiners produced a variety of furniture forms; the most common surviving pieces are carved boxes and chests. The joined chests’ structure is a frame-and-panel format: often three panels across the front, sometimes four. For many years, my work has been reproducing this type of furniture using methods approaching period techniques.

A common form of decoration for joiners’ work is some simple, low-relief carving, often highlighted by a painted background. A few simple tools and a little practice can bring satisfying results in this style.


From the June 2009 issue #176
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