As I mentioned in my last post the next stage for the big chest is carving the rails and panels. Choosing the specific carvings and then committing to chopping them into the front of my rails is a bit intimidating. That’s why I’m taking a break from the chest to work on the boards for two boxes, into which I will carve some practice designs for the chest.
I felt extremely lucky this summer to have the opportunity to spend a week with Peter Follansbee learning his approach to box making and carving. His post about the course is here: https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2015/07/27/england-2015/. This was down in Somerset in July and so came just in time to prepare me for the carving work on my chest. I learnt a huge amount, mostly details relating to specific tool skills that would be very difficult to develop without guidance.
I recently oiled the box I made while on the course in Somerset, and took it out to the shed this afternoon to use it as a kind of dictionary of all the techniques I learnt that week.