May, 2012

Altar Table for Savannah, GA

May 30, 2012 MaryMay Church carving in Savannah

Finished capital without top molding. See also the leaf molding at the base.

I have just returned from a trip to Savannah, GA where I finished working on a project for a new altar table for Christ Church in Savannah, GA. I have been working with Greg Guenther ( – take a look at some of his work – it is really top quality custom furniture. The past 2 […]



Ball and Claw Class

May 22, 2012 MaryMay Woodcarving classes

Class in our "normal" mode

    Had a great weekend at Roy Underhill’s School in Pittsboro, NC. Everyone successfully completed a really short leg with a ball and claw foot.   The longer I do this teaching and travelling thing, the more I enjoy it. I love to see the tentative cuts that the students are making on the first day, […]



Ball and Claw Class at The Woodrights School

May 20, 2012 MaryMay Ball and claw foot

Roy and Christopher relaxing with a beverage on Roy's back patio

I spent the day today teaching how to carve the ball and claw foot at Roy Underhill’s school – The Woodright School ( This is the first day of a 2 day class. Roy has the PBS show “The Woodright’s Shop” that is now in its 32nd year. His shows mainly focus on the traditional […]



Celtic Design for oak table

May 14, 2012 MaryMay Celtic design

Celtic corner design

Today was a very busy day working with messy, dusty machines. If I know I have to use grinders, routers, or whatever it is, I try to do it all in one day to get it over with. I really could do without doing this part, but I guess it gets me to the fun […]



Duplicating details for an altar table

May 10, 2012 MaryMay Church carving in Savannah


I am in Savannah, GA working with master furniture maker and restorer, Greg Guenther ( He is making a new altar table to match an existing one, and I am going to be carving the details. There will be 2 large capitals, egg and dart going around the entire table, and some leaf molding at […]



Final photo of Elmira College Sign

May 9, 2012 MaryMay College Sign


Wayne Ferree sent me a photo of the finished carving of the Elmira College sign I helped carve back in December. I spent a week focusing on carving the building, and they finished the landscaping and tree carving after I left. It’s exciting to see the finished piece – lots of blood, sweat, and tears […]



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