Carving the Spanish Foot with simple bench tools – a pictorial

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the Spanish Foot (vernacular) must surely have been a godsend to furniture makers.  Its manufacture requires very few specialized tools.  The only carving tools I’m using are a “90 degree V tool” and an 8 sweep 16mm gouge.  (You can forgo the fluting and get by with a sharp bench chisel and knife.)  Even rural craftsmen could present something to clients that mimicked the styles popular at court.

Bill Brown suggested that a brief tutorial on carving the Spanish Foot with a minimum of handtools might be a good idea and, I agree.  So what follows is a simple pictorial presentation of just that.  If the pictures don’t tell the story, just ask me and I’ll “‘splain it” in English.  BTW, for those who have to “price things out”, this was an hour’s worth of work.

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4 Comments on “Carving the Spanish Foot with simple bench tools – a pictorial”

  1. Brian Eve Says:

    I’m dying to try this. Now to find an appropriate project…

  2. John Kissel Says:

    Great pictorial. Thanks for shedding some light on this little discussed style of foot. Glad the pics were useful.

    JK


  3. Thanks for posting this. Not much out there on this type of foot.


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