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  1. My carving project is underway. The first challenge was to scale the shell up to an 8" diameter... this was the estimated size from the original. Then came printing a black and white copy of the shell. Since the camera can "distort" the true details, I chose to combine both left sides(flipped) together to produce a symmetrical shell with all of the details. This was taped together, the outlines traced on the 7/4 basswood blank, and then cut out on the scroll/bandsaw. The 2nd photo shows the prototype of the finished shell. I'll have to do some carving to the back of the shell before I can start the front. I'll be studying all of the photos that I've taken in order to proceed with the carving.
  2. I'm not sure of the time needed because I'll work on it at irregular times. I can let you know when it's finished. As far as the finish goes, I'll seal everything with 3 coats of shellac(rubbed out inbetween coats), then use a yellow-colored gesso, followed by sizing, then apply gold leaf(23k) to the shell. Thanks for your interest.
  3. My preference is to always try to carve across the grain for better cuts. I try to determine where most of the cuts will be made and carve accordingly. Now, if the carved piece would be on a piece of furniture, then I'll orient the grain to run in the direction of the grain on the furniture. I'm not a "carver" by any means but this way seems to work for me, with the least tearout to fix. Of course, razor sharp tools always makes the difference.
  4. Oh, in looking at this photo, it seems that the top acanthus leaf formation resembles the human female reproductive system???
  5. I'm in the process of sizing this photo, on the printer, and beginning the actual carving of this shell. In doing so, I noticed what appears to be a US $5 bill to the left and behind, the shell. Am I seeing things?????
  6. I've just returned from 3 weeks in Sicily and photographed this shell in a castle/chapel in Castelbuono, Sicily. It was a series of shells that were on top of the seats in the chapel of an estate there. The first photo shows the interior of the chapel and the second shows my choice of shells there to carve. I'll try to document the process for this group here. http://www.wondersofsicily.com/castelbuono.htm
  7. Whenever my wife and I travel overseas, I always try to find and photograph any type of shell that I can find. These may be on the street, in churches, chateaus, or private estates. This shell was found in a church in Warsaw, Poland. While not representing anything in the real world, you can get the idea! Here are some of the steps that were taken to complete the carving, along with the plaque, that the shell was mounted to. We are headed to Sicily for 3 weeks and I am really looking forward to what I can find there.
  8. That's what I was asking myself as I was turning this very dry oak burl that I had purchased at the local auction. Most of the shaping was done with scrapers and it seemed to take forever. Most of my turning experience has been with spindle turning for various candle stands.
  9. Here are some quick photos of the other Philadelphia-style spice chest that I made. I didn't take any photos while the construction was going on. The drawer arrangement is typical for the Philadelphia type of cabinet. Walnut as the primary wood and poplar used for the secondary wood. Hardware is by Ball and Ball.
  10. Finish was two seal coats of shellac followed by two coats of eggshell varnish. All coats were rubbed out in between coats.
  11. Thanks. Drawings took about 2 weeks, off and on, or 10 hours of drawing, measuring and erasing(lots). The actual build was around 4 months, again off and on, or about 100 hours. I've got two other spice chests that I've built and one relates to the Philadelphia style. I'll try to post a few photos of that one later today. The other chest was a copy of one that was built in York County, PA(according to the photo in MAD).
  12. It wasn't a surprise that I found a project in the catalog "Spice Chests of Chester County". I had been looking for a challenging project and found one in the duplication of one of the spice chests. Using only photographs, I proceeded to draw up a full scale drawing of the chest. This alone was a challenge and took me many tries to get the drawing to look right in both size and proportion. Little did I know that the rosettes and finials were Victorian replacements. When "Fine Woodworking" came out with articles on Philadelphia finials and rosettes, I removed the Victorian ones and replaced them with period correct ones. The primary wood is walnut, the secondary woods poplar. The chest is a 1/2 scale of a tall chest-on-chest(tallboy) made in Philadelphia, c. 1775 and is made in two sections.. the lower and upper portion. Unfortunately, I didn't think to take photographs during the build.
  13. This project started when I saw a similar carved tray, at the local auction, that has been done by Jim Smith, from Shippensburg, PA. I had carved a similar tray, like this one, several years previously that I had seen in Maine Antique Digest(MAD). A friend of mine had gifted me a walnut leaf, from a 150 year old dropleaf table, and I had been saving it for that "special" project. Jim allowed me to photograph the tray at the auction and I proceeded to carve a "larger"version of his tray. The tray is called a cutlery tray and was designed to hold knives, forks, and spoons and right now, this tray is holding candy and is on our dutch cupboard. The wood was so hard, anything beyond razor sharp wouldn't do the smaller, detailed cuts. The corners have been dovetailed to hold the sides together. I also did a "practice" copy in basswood.... remember that both sides of the divider had to be carved. It was finished with 3 coats of shellac, rubbed out in between coats, and then lightly buffed to remove the final shiny finish.
  14. Thanks and this was done over a two week period. Probably 20 hours in all? While I was doing the gilding on everything, I decided to try to gild two Nantucket sea shells, to see how the process would work. I think that they came out well and were gifted to my two grown children. Christmas gifts for this year???
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