A trunk for my niece Part 3

The last stages of this fun job were to cut the plaque ellipse shape and install the plaque on the trunk.

Notice that the middle letter ? received an exceptionally long pointer that extended from the ellipse parameter.

This was intentional, of course, and was intended to "break" the traditional shape of the plaque design – where all its content: words, motifs, or symbols are encapsulated by a simple shape such as a shield or an ellipse. My design, and in fact every design that wants to be novel or unusual, will revisit and modify traditional patterns, "poking them," challenging them, and crossing over into new boundaries that were never reached before, while at the same time relying upon the traditional path which previous artisans literally 'carved out' for us.



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Yoav Liberman

About Yoav Liberman

Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.