Make a Carved Oak Box with Peter Follansbee
In this workshop, we’ll explore the construction techniques and decorative carving styles of oak boxes made in New England during the 17th century. Using quartersawn red oak and white pine, we’ll size the materials, cut rabbets to join the corners, fastening them with square wooden pins. Fitted inside the box is a lidded compartment called a till. The white pine bottom is attached with hand-made iron nails. The lid, also white pine, opens on a wooden pintle & cleat hinge.
Much of the focus is learning the carving style. Using about a half-dozen different gouges and simple layout tools like an awl, square, compass and marking gauge, we’ll go through numerous patterns in practice sessions prior to carving the actual box. We’ll study reference photographs of period carvings, learning how to layout and cut them based on the tools and some basic geometry.
No experience necessary. Some basic tools are required, the list will be posted here by mid- summer. The school has some carving tools that can be used during class and Peter will also have some extra carving tools for students’ use. Sign up today. Tuition: $ 795.00 plus materials
Section 101219B: Saturday - Wednesday, October 12 - 16, 9:00 am – 5:00pm