Techniques and Methods
Technique means a practical method applied to a particular task. To accomplish a task that has satisfying results one has to have skill, a command of fundamentals gained from practice and familiarity. Additionally, defining the desired result at the onset of a project, and planning the path to get there, are essential parts of skill. Personal vision must be included in satisfying results; it defines the finished work as just passable or extra-ordinary.
On the three pages of the techniques section, I have detailed the paths I took to create the Corinthian Capitals, the Pecan Mantel Brackets, and the Trinity Episcopal Church conference table panel carvings. All are the result of combining many techniques, using a variety of skills, and were planned step by step to the last detail for satisfying results that are extra-ordinary.
On the Capitals Construction page, Sarah describes in detail how she built the Corinthian Capitals, and discusses the origin of the design.
After completing the project, I was looking through The styles of Ornament by ALexander Speltz, published in 1905, and to my surprise and pleasure, on page 54, plate # 22, item # 26, I found an illustration that was the exact match for the one the designer sent me.
In Brackets Construction, Sarah reveals her technique for producing brackets and scroll keys.
I make brackets in parts and assemble them after carving. I really like the depth this technique produces, and there is less time spent removing waste material.
On the Narrative Relief page, Sarah discusses how she developed and executed the intricate Trinity Episcopal Church conference table carvings.
In November of 2006, a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbus, Georgia, asked me if I would carve the history of the church into a new conference table that would be given to the church in memory of her parents.