Roses wood be nice

While searching for some other photo’s I came across these. Now this project isn’t new..but I had enough sequence shots to put together a little “collage” that shows at least part of the story of how this carving was created. It’s fine to see the finished product.. but what does it take to get there?

The photo’s are pretty much self explanatory but as usual I’ll add a little here and there.

The wood is Pine of all things. That’s what the customer needed as all other parts where this goes is pine as well. This ended up being used along the back of the clients bar. The total size is just over 4ft. X 2 ft X 1 1/2 inches thick.

As usual I did several thumbnail sketches until I found the direction the client wanted to go. I then refined this to a larger drawing filling a standard size page. Once this is approved I make a full size drawing to be used as my pattern and have the client approve this before proceeding with the actual carving. It’s only paper and pencil at this point so any changes are still fine with me. Once they approve it and sign off,, they’re getting what they signed for and no changing their minds ( within reason I CAN make adjustments ) and off I go.

The inspiration for this particular piece was a tapestry I have hanging in my dining room. If you look all around you there are sources of inspiration for carvings that are easily adaptable. Use a bit of imagination and you’ll find your design.

Build up of the panel was pretty much straight forward. I start with rough stock,, plane it.. joint it,, glue and clamp it up. As I said this is a completed job so photo’s of that aren’tavailable,,but more jobs are coming where I can show that step as well.

Once the stock is prepped to the required size of my pattern I simply tape it in place and use graphite paper to transfer the design to the panel. Simple enough.

Once I have the pattern I switch to my router to remove all the excess stock. If you don’t have a router you can always do it by had with a chisel. But time is money,, we have the technology,, why kill yourself? I took this down to leave in this case about a half inch of backing. There are no hard and fast rules,, sometimes I’ll take it down to an eighth inch,, sometimes I’ll leave a lot. Depends on the look I’m after that deterimnes the depth,,nothing else matters.

scan0002scan0001roseHere you can sort of make out the transferred design on to the panel. If you can’t,, it’ll soon become clear as I start to clearance out the design.

scab0003 rose See,,, here it is a bit more clear as to what the design will be. It’s a bouquet of roses in a urn type planter and the border is a modified Acanthus type pattern. The Acanthus is a great element to learn as it’s so adaptable to so many spaces you might want to fill up. I use them all the time.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tom Labbe
    Jan 05, 2010 @ 01:25:54

    Nice work. This is something that I would really like to try. Could you please send me a pattern via e-mail or a good picture so that I could make a pattern.


  2. Mark
    Jan 05, 2010 @ 16:08:15

    This piece is long gone as is the pattern. I don’t keep patterns as every carving I do is a custom one off piece. When I have a commission it’s expected of me, as a wood carver, to be able to design what I have in mind or what the clients are thinking of. So even with the photo’s here there is more than enough information to be able to draw a similar design with your own influences in it. And since I design the pieces for a particular client, and they paid for this as part of the carving, I don’t think it would be right to give out their particular design so some other carver can just try making a copy of my (their) work. I know this doesn’t prevent others who aren’t very creative from making copies of my work and designs since they don’t feel like taking the time to learn to design, draw or incorporate elements of designs for their own work, which is part of wood carving, and why anyone would feel good about ripping off others designs and work I don’t understand, but I’m not in the business of supplying designs for others to use even if I still had the pattern. There are many sites where you can go and buy others designs if you can’t design your own work.


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