Saturday, April 20, 2013


Jason Rathbun, a Taos woodworker received a commission to create a maple desk for a client. Together they had come up with a design which required a carved linen lace skirt. so I was called in to do the carving.

As you can see from the above photo, the desk featured three drawers on the front skirt. The lase was carved to give the appearance as though the desk top was laying on top of a draped piece of linen.

This detail of the front of desk shows it with the drawers closed
Since the desk was finished with opaque paint another wood would have been more suitable for the carving. I actually broke a gouge and a v-tool during the carving of this piece.

Front view with drawers closed
Below are images of the desk and carving in various stages of progress. 

Early shot during construction with the side skirt clamped in place

Desk ready for carving, held to workbench with clamps

The lace has been drawn on the skirt and carving started
More carving

Different angle

Front of drawers carved and positioned for viewing

Desk with drawers positioned in place
 This was an interesting project to carve. I hope you enjoyed seeing this as much as I enjoyed carving it.

Terry R. Wolff

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