Make an 18th Century Chippendale Carved Ball & Claw Footstool with Alf Sharp April 6-10, 2020
$825 tuition + $75 materials
*Advanced tool sharpening
*Learn to “read the grain” and work “with the grain”
*Layout and proportioning of carving patterns
*Carve ball and claw details
*Learn where to most effectively place your carvings
*Distinguish when and how much is just enough
Sold Out. Please Call Paula at 317-535-4013 to be added to the waiting list.
Although this is technically a carving class, students will construct a Chippendale footstool, emphasizing the skills needed to sculpt cabriole legs with ball-and-claw feet and shell-carved knees. Alf will show how to fashion the fine flush joints between the rails and posts. Students will gain skills in making exact patterns of complex sculptural parts, bandsawing those complex parts, advanced spokeshave and rasping techniques, and sculptural and low-relief carving techniques. Most students’ stools should be completed by the end of the week, ready to be finished and upholstered, and there might even be a little time to discuss how to French polish your masterpiece. This project is simple enough to make one for all your family and friends but so impressive they’ll think you’re a genius with wood (if they don’t already). Students should have familiarity with sharpening techniques and basic mortise and tenon construction and be reasonably comfortable with a bandsaw. Get ready to have some fun and amaze yourself.
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