Carving a Philadelphia Flame Finial

2017-07-07T11:58:38-04:00 April 8th, 2015|

This is a brief introduction to "Carving a Philadelphia Flame Finial."

This 2 episode lesson is Part 4 for the "Philadelphia Highboy" series and teaches how to carve a type of traditional flame finial. This is a customer's design based on the Philadelphia style usually seen adorning posts and pediments of traditionally carved furniture of that time.

  • Series: Part 4 of 4 in the "Philadelphia Highboy"
  • Lesson Contents: 2 episodes; template, tool list, and photo in Episode 1
  • Type of Wood: Walnut
  • Size: 2-1/2"w x 5-3/8"h
  • Tool List: 6mm v-chisel; #3, 14mm; #5, 14mm
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Lessons in this Series:

Carving a Cartouche

Carving a Philadelphia Rosette

Carving a Philadelphia Acanthus

I have plans to create a lesson for the Shell to complete the series. Stay tuned!

= More Lessons at the Intermediate Skill Level =


  1. Richard Conner May 5, 2015 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Please show how you measured off the diagram for the flame

    • Mary May May 6, 2015 at 8:45 pm - Reply

      :)) I wish I knew!
      The technique I used was drawing it first on the turned surface by pure trial and error (by the technique I showed in the beginning of the lesson). Then after I carved it I wrapped paper around the finished surface and let the sharp corners press into the paper. I unwrapped the paper, and there was the pattern dented into the paper! From there, I had a lot of fixing and adjusting, but it did give a basic shape of how to lay it out on a flat piece of paper. Yes, not a very “engineered” process, but it worked!

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