Ginkgo Leaf

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.

Basic Shape Glue Up

Basic Shape Glue Up

General Surface (Top) Shaping

General Surface (Top) Shaping

The coming days will provide many more opportunities to learn!  :)