I just finished 3 large shell niches and handed them off to the client last Friday. It’s always an odd emotional experience sending off a creation after having it in my shop for so long. These shells are very unique in that instead of just a scroll in the center of the shell, there is […]
I’ve made some good progress on the acanthus detail in the center of the shell niche. I am happy with the way it is turning out. Many times I will draw the design on paper first, but with the scroll design and the contours involved, I really needed to draw the design straight on the […]
Here is a photo of me grinding away the inside of the shell to shape the surface before carving the flutes. Soon I should be at a point where I can start to carve the scroll and acanthus detail in the center. That very fine basswood dust sticks to everything! I like hand carving – […]
I am working on one of three shell niches that I am carving for a historical home in Louisville, KY. These are quite a bit larger than the previous shell niches I did. These are 32″ wide x 16″ tall x 12″ deep. My husband figured out the measurements and band-sawed out much of the basswood before […]
I just received a photo of one of the installed shell niches that I carved. There will be a mirror behind the lattice, and the curved cabinet and shell still needs to be painted. I will post another photo once it is completely finished. I wonder what will be in the niche????
Between dealing with broken down vehicles, working on getting the shells boxed up ready to ship, and saying goodbye to my babies (shells, that is) after working on them for 4 weeks (3 weeks of actual carving) - it has been quite a whirlwind of a day. I finally got the shells shipped about 4:00 by […]