Sep 13-18, 2021
The class is designed to accommodate the beginner as well as advanced , allowing the student to add or leave off as many embellishments as their skill level will permit. The beginner learns the introduction to hand cut mortise and tenons, hand plane work, and using a file and rasp correctly to create curved shapes like cabriole legs. The more advanced student can dive deeper into the carving aspects such as ball-and-claw feet and shells, applied and carved in the solid.
A foot stool is a great way to gain skills using your hand tools. And the “John Elliot” reproduction footstool is one of the finest examples made in the 18 th century. Many valuable carving and joinery skills will be learned while students build this foot stool.
After surfacing our materials with a hand plane, Ray will demonstrate different methods of laying out and cutting mortise and tenon joints by hand using tools such as a mortise gauge, tenon saw, mortise chisel, bench chisel, shoulder plane and router plane.
Next, he will demonstrate cutting and shaping cabriole legs using spokeshaves, rasps, files, and card scrapers. Then Ray will demonstrate an uncomplicated way to layout and carve a Philadelphia style ball and claw foot. Option for a trifid style foot for students who prefer that. Ray will teach you how to layout and carve scallop shells both in the round, like those found on the knees of each leg, and as an applique which is placed on the aprons.
The minimum expectation is to complete all of the joinery and one complete leg with a shell and either ball and claw or trifid style foot. Depending on skill level you may get much further. Other subject that will be discussed include tool sharpening, small shop organization for efficiency, and finishing techniques just to name a few!
Traditional and modern upholstery methods will also be discussed, and students will complete the slip seat frame in class. Finish options and techniques are discussed in depth.
Students may bring their own wood for this project based on a provided cut list or you can purchase a student pack with the wood components milled to rough size. Mahogany is recommended but walnut, cherry, and maple are also options.
You can read Ray's bio here and learn more at the MaineCoastWorkshop.com site.