|Carved from antique, re-claimed timber, this is my interpretation of a|
16th century "strap-work" box. Inspiration for the front dovetail and rebated
back joinery comes from a mid 16th century box in the V&A
Last year, a storm washed out the event, so I was not able to participate, thus this will be my third year of attendance. (the show has been running for 74 years) Because of the work I have been doing on my moulding project, I have had no time to make anything new for the show this year, but since I had no show last year, and was 'ready' then, I will just consider time to have stood still for a year, (it feels like it has anyway) and whatever was ready last year should still be ready this year.
Many pieces which I will be exhibiting have been seen on this blog before; here is a collection of things that have not been featured yet. Most of them were made just before the blog got started and a couple of them were made quite some time ago.I thought this might be a good excuse to showcase all of them, since I probably never would otherwise. All of these pieces have been made entirely by hand without the aide of machinery, (except the sawmill that cut it, the lorry that carried it, and... OK, all the work I did was by hand)
|A close up showing the strap-work detail and the hand forged iron nails which|
I embellished with a file.
|Yours truly, in my shop, getting ready for a show|
|This is a delightful little form, or boarded stool, in the late medieval style|
|A baroque inspired revolving top table, in cherry|
|An 18th century "barrel back" corner|
cabinet. I formed the hinges with a file
|This and the following table were commissions, but the client is kind enough|
to loan them to me for the show.
|Inspired by 18th century style; made of American walnut|
|A hanging plate rack in the 18th century French|
Provincial style, made of cherry
|Oak with cherry edge-banding and an inlay of|
holly and walnut. This is a traditional English
style "candle box" of 18th century form
|I used a "rat-tailed" saw to cut out the core from a solid block for this box|
|No; the large worm hole did not "bother" me in the least|
|Most people think that black locust is a nasty wood; it is a bit of a challenge|
to work by hand, but I find the colour it takes on to be worth the trouble; it
quickly mellows to a rich amber.
|This was another fun project that I spent way too much time on, but|
enjoyed every minute of.
|As I said, I spent way too much time on it!|
Most of what I have to exhibit has been made in the past couple of years, but there are a couple exception, including this box. It used to be for sale; in fact I made it with the hopes of selling it at a show I did... in 1998! For some reason, no one ever seemed to be interested in buying it, now I have had it so long, that I do not wish to sell it any longer, but do still like to exhibit it.
|The design for this echoes a much larger early 16th century chest in the V&A|
The above picture was taken in 1998, not long after I had exhibited it in my first show. This was the third carving project I had ever attempted, and by far, the most ambitious at the time. Not long before making it, I made an accidental discovery of a cleaning chemical which nicely darkened mahogany to a rich deep red-ish colour. I treated this box with that chemical...
|The box as it looks now|
|Yours truly again, at a show last year, demonstrating my work|
Wish me a good show for this year...