One of the great joys in the life of art and design is that of learning something new. For some time, I have been thinking about broadening my understanding, skill, and insight regarding whatmany furniture builders refer to ask "sculpting."
I have been observing the work and processes that great furniture sculptors use, and recently, I began my first freehand sculptured piece.
This will be a ginkgo leaf, with nominal dimensions of 18" x 48" x 2". The lumber began as one piece of Pennsylvania cherry--66" x 7.25" x 2". I cut 18" from one end, and edge glued it to the other end. Then, I shaped the stem very roughly, and used the cut-out from that to add to the opposite side of the first glue-up for visual balance. At this point, I have started the general surface shaping of the top of the leaf.
The coming days will provide many more opportunities to learn! :)