Carving a Reed & Laurel Leaf Foot on a Turning

2017-07-07T10:11:42-04:00 September 9th, 2015|

This is a brief introduction to "Carving a Reed & Laurel Leaf Foot on a Turning."

This single episode lesson is Part 6 of "The Turned Dresser Leg" series and covers the completion of the project with this final detail. Learn how to carve the flared reeds and a different kind of overlapping laurel leaf for the foot of this turning.

  • Series: Part 6 of 6 in the "Turned Dresser Leg"
  • Lesson Contents: single episode; template, tool list, and photo
  • Type of Wood: Mahogany
  • Size: 4-3/4" x 2" dia.
  • Tool List:
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • BONUS: By popular request, I've added a photo and measurements of the bench-top vice to the first episode of each part of this series. Enjoy!

Lessons in this Series:

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  1. Carolyn Senter September 10, 2015 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Mary, When you have a complicated commission such as this table leg, does the customer give you precise instructions or are you expected to know what the work should look like?

    • Mary May September 17, 2015 at 4:16 pm - Reply

      Hi Carolyn. That all depends. Often with period reproductions I have a more specific design to carve. These are often based on photographs that the customer supplies. I base all I need to carve from these photos and measurements from the customer. This can be quite difficult sometimes. That’s why I often say “loosely” based on an original. Depth of carving is difficult to tell from photos.

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