Visit of Film crew from local college

February meeting 17th Century New England carving

17 century carving

We watched a DVD on New England 17 Century carving by Peter Follansby. ? This was a bit controversial, as at?previous meetings, when this had been suggested members had stayed away. ? ?The DVD was very clear and introduced a subject that we are unlikely to get a speaker for in this country. ? ? The laying out and carving were simple and much done by eye. ? It seems from later experiments that the eye and the hand had to have considerable experience of the processes involved for them to be done with such ease.

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The work was carved on green oak that Peter split direct from the log rather than sawn. ? ?The outside was allowed to dry but the inside was green. ? This apparently gave a crisp edge to the cuts, but an easy ride for the gouge / chisel through the wood. ? The curves were scribed with ?a compass with a sharpened metal metal points on each leg. ? ? Only 6 tools were used. ? Most work was done with a V tool. ? ?This looked easy, but a skill that must a have taken?lots of practice. The straight lines were scribed using a try square. ? ?Any other elements relied on that eye again.

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The little ) ( marks were made with two cuts of a gouge, again by eye. ? ? ? It seemed that it did not matter what you did as long as you repeated the action in similar places in each pattern. ? So a “mistake”, in that it was not what you originally intended, does not matter as long as you made the same “mistake” on each repetition of the pattern. ? ? This felt wrong, but as long as you have not told anyone what it was going to look like, it does not matter. ? In all it was a refreshing change to our current practice