Wood Carving Projects

Attaching fragile carving to backer board

April 9, 2014 MaryMay Period Furniture Carving

This is a great example of how to care for a very fragile carving. This delicate leaf design is for the detail on the top of a Philadelphia Highboy (this project is actually going on a Philadelphia Chest-on-Chest, but since the highboys are so much more common, I’m just going to refer to it as […]



Carving a Philadelphia Chest on Chest

April 7, 2014 MaryMay Antique furniture reproduction

I recently received a great new commission – to carve the top details for 4 reproduction Philadelphia Chippendale chest-on-chests. These ornate tops are usually seen on highboys from around 1760 to 1780, but occasionally are added as decorative tops (or bonnets) of chest-on-chests. Quite often the chest-on-chests have a simple flat top. The following is […]



Rochester, NY class

March 13, 2014 MaryMay Period Furniture Carving


Last month I had a wonderful time teaching in Rochester, NY. Unfortunately, I travelled there the day after a major snowstorm and ended up spending about 10 hours in lovely Washington, DC airport. I ended up missing a talk/demo I was supposed to do for the Rochester Woodworking Society that evening and did not actually […]



Very Unique Looking Chairs

December 18, 2013 MaryMay Chair Carving

The "angry swan" carved into the back of the chair.

I recently completed a job that was quite unique. Brad Nietert and Matt Behrens, furniture makers here in Charleston, SC came to my shop several months ago to discuss the possibility of making 12 chairs based on a 1850′s Georgian cockfighting chair. Historically, these chairs were constructed so the spectator sits in the chair backwards […]



Finally! Dragon and Acanthus Leaf Lesson Finished!

September 27, 2013 MaryMay Dragon Carving

Completed dragon carving after client did a beautiful job finishing it.

I am happy to report that I recently finished editing the final 3 chapters of the Dragon and Acanthus Leaf lesson. They are now available on my online school – all 15 episodes! Nearly every episode (or chapter) is 30 to 40 minutes long. This lesson is by far the longest video I have on my school. Chapter 13 starts […]



Carved Wheat and Ribbon

September 15, 2013 MaryMay Period Furniture Carving

Profile. These have not been cut to final size.

I recently finished a very delicate carving of a wheat and ribbon design. This was carved for a friend, Monty Hinson, who is a highly skilled furniture maker here in Charleston. Monty and I have made several ornate period furniture pieces together – Goddard/Townsend Newport dresser, Charleston Rice Beds, Philadelphia Lowboys. Monty builds the furniture […]



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