Carve a Ball & Claw Foot Leg with Will Neptune
The Ball & Claw foot leg is an essential form in Chippendale style furniture. With its graceful cabriole shaped leg and a variety of talon styles possible, mastering this leg requires some basic woodworking and shaping skills along with a systematic approach to the carving. Various sections of New England had their distinct Ball & Claw styles and within those regions leading cabinetmakers had their own very distinctive styles. Will is focusing primarily on the carving of late 18th century Windsor cabinet maker Eliphalet Chapin and his systematic approach to the ball and claw feet that were so unique o his style. Will begins the class with some discussion of the history and regional differences, design and proportion considerations and the adaptability of the basic form to different size furniture pieces. Under his direction, students will see the leg and foot develop from a series of very controlled cuts based on the initial layout of the foot. Leg shaping possibilities will be covered, but most of the class time will be spent on the carving of the foot. Each student should complete one leg and foot model and a mock up of the foot to serve as a physical record of the procedure. This is a hands-on class and a number of specific carving gouges will be required. Please inquire about this when registering. Sign up soon- space for this exciting & challenging class is limited. Tuition: $275.00 (plus materials)
Section 060714A:Saturday & Sunday, June 7 & 8, 9:30am – 5:00pm
Note: if you are planning on taking Will’s Chapin Dining Table class later in the summer and have not carved a ball & claw foot under Will’s guidance it is strongly suggested that you take this class.