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 part faster!
I cut out the ball and claw feet blanks on a bandsaw for the class this weekend that will be held at Roy Underhill’s – The Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro, NC. There are still 3 openings (I think), so if you’re in that area, these classes are a lot of fun. You don’t really need any carving experience either.
Then on to grinding out a piece of marble with a diamond grinder to shape the little sculpted hand so I can complete the repair. My eyes are still gritty – even with goggles. Once I fit this snuggly on the original, so the wrist is the same size, I will then finish the fingers with a hand-chisel and do the finishing. The hand will be slightly smaller after finishing details.
Then on to routing out the background of a new project. I am working on a detail for a medieval table for a church. Andrew Gould, (www.newworldbyzantine.com) an architect that specializes in some amazing classical designs came up with this sort of rustic celtic/scandinavian design.
The background goes down about 1/4″, and then all the scrolls, celtic knots and creatures are hand-carved. This is quarter-sawn white oak, so I’ll be spending a lot of time sharpening tools tomorrow. I have videoed the process of doing the small corner design, so that will eventually be on the video school web site.
And after all this, I still have to finish the work for Savannah. And… I am continuing to work on getting the online school up. My aim at this point is fully publishing it for late June or early July. I will be spending the next month doing a lot of test runs and making sure everything runs without issues.
So…It doesn’t look as if sleep is on my list over the next few weeks or months. It’s over-rated…