Federal-style Inlay: Bellflowers & Stringing


Small pieces transform your work from austere to awesome.
By Rob Millard
Pages: 49-53

From the August 2009 issue #177
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Signature features of Federal-style furniture include bellflowers and stringing that often adorn furniture legs, but are also found on table aprons and tambour doors.

Bellflowers have regional characteristics. There are Baltimore examples with three- or five-part petals, Boston examples with the flowers in three parts, and one-piece bellflowers associated with New York furniture. It’s the New York design that is the focus of this article.

Despite being made in one piece, the combined effect of the sand shading, connecting loops and the teardrop pendants adds a stately look to the completed project.


From the August 2009 issue #177
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