Carving a Concave Shell with “V” Radials

2017-07-03T17:26:05-04:00 November 19th, 2014|

This is a brief introduction to "Carving a Concave Shell with 'V' Radials."

This lesson shows how to carve a concave shell, a central detail on a Thomas White desk from the 1760s. This shell has a unique, double "V" cut radials incorporated in the design.

  • Lesson Contents: 2 episodes; template, tool list, and photo in Episode 1
  • Type of Wood: Mahogany
  • Size: 5"w x 3-1/4"h x 1"d
  • Tool List: 3mm v-chisel; 6mm v-chisel; #3, 6mm; #3, 8mm (can use the #3, 6mm instead); #3, 12mm; #4, 22m; #5, 14mm; #8, 6mm; #8, 10mm; #10, 5mm; #11, 3mm (optional); #6 12mm (used once)
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Casting Available: Having a 3-D reference is tremendously helpful and allows you to get an accurate assessment of the carving's size, shape, and depth.
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  1. Bert Holden July 5, 2018 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    Hi Mary,
    Great display of working with a vertical grain and multiple cut design. Always love watching you work your magic in wood.
    I printed the pattern and was looking at the three radius’s. I believe the arrows are pointing to the incorrect lines. R 2-3/16 should be the outer radius then 2” for the middle and 1-7/8” for the innermost radius. I laid in out on a piece of paper to make sure it worked.
    Let me know if I’m looking at it correctly.
    As always great being able to follow you with your videos.
    Bert Holden

    • MaryMay July 10, 2018 at 7:22 am - Reply

      Thank you! I will check the template.

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