Before the ball and claw design for furniture was made popular by craftsmen of the 18th century, it was used in many countries for jewelry design and art pieces. Throughout history dragons, cranes and lions have represented the claw firmly grasping the stone, all of which embody authority and create decorative design for sturdy chairs, tables and chests.
Alf Sharp, a noted period woodworker for more than 30 years, is here to show you how to carve this iconic ball and claw piece, which utilizes the pierced style by giving you the step-by-step direction and techniques for this elegant carving form.
With “Carve A Pierced Ball & Claw Foot”, you will learn which carving tools are used for different cuts, how to properly position and shape a ball and claw, as well as giving a detailed and dramatic look to your piece.
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