August, 2011

Day 5 of Shell Niche

August 30, 2011 MaryMay Shell Niches

I am beginning to refine the details. I worked mostly on getting the general shape and size for the center scroll detail. A lot of fussing to get the proportions correct, as I don’t really have an exact plan to go by – just a general sketch. It is important to have the bottom edge […]

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Day 3 & 4 of Shell Niche

August 29, 2011 MaryMay Shell Niches

    And the process continues… I drew guidelines of where to start carving the concave sections of the shell niche. In order to position these lines correctly, I made 3 levels of location marks to make sure the lines are accurate – one mark at the outside edge, one half-way down the length, and […]

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Day 2 of shell niche

August 26, 2011 MaryMay Shell Niches

I have the inside of the shell pretty close to the final surface – some touching up still needs to be done, but it is basically there. I have a lovely long-bent that is a #4 or #5 gouge that has been very helpful in getting around the curved surface (you can see in the photo […]

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Day 1 of shell niche

August 26, 2011 MaryMay Shell Niches

Day 1 of carving the shell niche. The inside edge of the molding that will be surrounding this shell is 24″ wide x 12″ tall. The shell will be carved 9″ deep. The difficulty here is that it is not a perfect quarter round – it is more of an elipse. There will be a center […]

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Finishing up Capitals

August 23, 2011 MaryMay Shell Niches

I hope to finish carving the 3 capitals tonight because tomorrow I will be starting on a new project – and a very time sensitive one. I will be carving 2 large shell niches for 2 cabinets that will be built into a wall. This is for a house in St. Louis, and I will […]

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Corinthian Capitals

August 22, 2011 MaryMay Corinthian Capitals

What I am working on now is carving 3 Corinthian Capitals (simplified) in mahogany. They are 1/2 capitals and they will be going on a picture frame. This is a massive frame that is being re-created by Belinda McLain of Savannah, GA. She and several team members are building and finishing this frame, and I am […]

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