Carving a Queen Anne Fan

2017-05-01T09:47:59-04:00 May 13th, 2015|

This is a brief introduction to "Carving a Queen Anne Fan."

This lesson teaches how to carve a Queen Anne style fan popular in late 1700s New England furniture.

  • Lesson Contents: 2 episodes; template, tool list, and photo in Episode 1
  • Type of Wood: Cherry
  • Size: 9-1/2"w x 5-3/8"h x 1/4"d
  • Tool List: 6mm, v-chisel; #1, 10mm flat chisel; #1, 25mm flat chisel; #3, 14mm; #3, 25mm; #5, 10mm back-bent (optional); 20mm; #7, 14mm; #8, 18mm; riffler file
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
= More Lessons at the Intermediate Skill Level =


  1. Joel Jackson June 15, 2015 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    Hi, Mary. I’m learning so much from your video lessons. I do have a couple of questions…this particular project has a lot of marking with a compass. How do you deal with the holes left by the compass. Also, I am a Windsor chair maker. I was taught to always have an odd number of long spindles so that the eye is drawn to the middle of the back. Any thoughts on this as it applies to carving designs? Thank you!!

    • Mary May June 17, 2015 at 10:26 pm - Reply

      Hi Joel,
      The marks from the compass are so small that it doesn’t really show – especially after the flat surface is sanded and finished. Just don’t make them too deep or strong. Also, I have seen fans or shells in both styles – with either an odd or even number. Glad you’re enjoying the videos!

  2. Woody Dixon August 29, 2019 at 11:53 am - Reply


    What sweep is the 6 mm v chisel?


  3. Woody Dixon August 29, 2019 at 2:43 pm - Reply


    I think I figured out the sweep was a 12. I have a 12/8 which is cutting too wide as I go deeper. Is an12/6 going to make that much difference?


    • MaryMay August 29, 2019 at 3:31 pm - Reply

      Hi Woody,
      My “go to” v-chisel is the 6mm, 60 degree angle. Also referred to as a 12 in the Swiss Made, Pfeil. I also have an 8mm, but find it quite bulky, so yes, it will make a difference.

Leave A Comment Cancel reply