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Thursday, 12 July 2012


The different stages for creating an Liege Style ornament in wood.
1 - The first job consists of making a rough sketch using a red sketching pencil. The pattern may come from an original model (on condition that any imperfections in it have been removed) or be a personal creation, produced in the same spirit as in the 18th century.

2 - The rough sketch is then completely rubbed out. The exact shape however, which is thickened with a pencil, is still preserved. Subsequent alterations remain possible at this stage. This phase is very important (because a poor design automatically means a poor end result).

3 - The correct design is redrawn on tracing paper and at the same time fixed onto the wood by means of drawing pins. The design is then transferred onto the wood using tracing paper and a scriber.The pattern can now be found on the panel.

4 - The ornamentist roughly removes the wood surrounding the design by means of a router, thus creating a surface suited for carving.

5 - He removes any rough edges and excess wood from the surface using a home-made scraper.

6 - The actual carving can now take place. This phase is called modeling. Many years of study and in-depth experience are of crucial importance during this phase.

7 - This is the phase where we begin to notice the importance of appropriately handling the router. During the modeling stages the original drawing disappears. The pattern on the panel is later redrawn by means of a marker.

 8 - The design is traced correctly. At this stage wood chisels are used for drawing purposes. One should be careful not to carve into the surface, leaving the possibility to make some minor alterations when necessary.

9 - Excess wood surrounding the design is removed.

10 - The surface is now properly finished. Any rough edges and excess wood are removed with the scraper.

11 - The extension of the ogee, positioned by the cabinetmaker, is done. It is essential that this be identical to the part fixed by machine.

12 - This is the most important phase of the pattern. Ornaments are measured to perfection. A proper understanding of the depth and relief of the ornament and the ability to estimate the maximum depth of the ornament are essential, as are routine and experience in handling the material. The use of plaster models and visual material can be very useful during this stage.

13 - The panel is finished and can now be returned to the cabinetmaker in order for it to be treated and incorporated into the intended piece of furniture.

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