Making a Carved Newport Candle Sconce with Ray Journigan May 11-15, 2020


$825 tuition + $90 materials

Key Points:
* Recognizing elements of Newport furniture
* Tuning, sharpening, and using handplanes
* Hand cut dovetails
* Mortise and tenons
* Carving concave Newport shells
*Finishing techniques

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The goal of this class is to expose students to the traditional techniques used to create an elegant candle sconce that will become a family heirloom. The design of this project reflects many of the elements found in Newport furniture during the 18th century. The gooseneck moldings echo the same shape as those found on many Newport Highboys, tall clocks, and secretaries. The concaved shells can be found on dressing tables, desk, chest of drawers, and high chest. The candle shelf follows the shape commonly found on Newport corner chairs. While carving is the focus in this class, such as the Newport shells and gooseneck moldings, other techniques will be covered. Students will learn a variety of joints including hand cut dovetails, mortise and tenons and rabbet and dado joints which will be used to attach the shelf to the sides and gooseneck moldings on the top. Some pattern routing work will be used to speed things along but most of the workshop will focus on hand work. As with all of Ray’s classes, other subjects will be included such as the proper tuning and sharpening of handplanes, scrapers, carving chisels, rasps, files, and even the drawknife. Don’t let the size of this project fool you. The challenging skills developed can be applied to all your future projects.