Errare Humanum Est….
perseverare autem diabolicum.
So… you make one mistake, you’re just human. But, if you continue to do the same thing, the Devil’s in your head, or you’re just plain stupid.
The last time I carved in Ash, I make a solemn promise to myself that I wouldn’t do it again. But hey, I never claimed to be the “brightest penny in the purse”. Recently I decided to replace our old “coffee” table with something a little more..uh, unusual. The goal was a table that had some period influence, but was rather unique. I decided to do a “bandy-legged” design that harkened back to the Oriental origins of much of what we recognize as late 18th century English and American furniture. I decided to do an ebonized finish, which meant I wouldn’t need to use the best of “show” woods. What did I have at hand in large squares? You guessed it, baseball bat material! Here we go again.
After sharpening up the tools, I went to work. There were moments that I wished for a power carver or a 4″ grinder. My design has a very curved “ankle”. The shape is easy to draw, but presents some real challenges when you’re carving it with conventional tools. (Carving against the grain in Ash just isn’t going to happen, trust me.) After hours spent cursing under my breath (and sometimes out loud), the task was completed.
In the Oriental tradition, these legs would be in the “Dragon’s foot” family. Whatever they are, the table frame looks like it’s going to chase me right out of the workshop.
Now to turn it black and “top it off” appropriately.