Decorative Details


  • Furniture Institue of Massachusetts 116 Water street Beverly, Mssachusetts

DECORATIVE DETAILS

Over three millennia ago Egyptian craftsmen were decorating their work with inlays of small intricate patterns of ebony, ivory, and other exotic materials. We will learn the same techniques: making delicate string or line inlays, cutting in surface inlays such as diamonds, making and inlaying patterned bandings, and using non-wood materials such as silver and shell. We will also focus on complementary moulded edges, chamfers, side beads and proud cockbeads used to highlight the edge of a table apron or drawer. 

We will work almost entirely by hand, so naturally sharpening, tuning, and using hand tools will be an important emphasis. We are even going to make some of those hand tools, amazing scratchstocks used to cut precise inlay grooves and small molded surfaces. 

 

Demilune table with inlays of ebony, holly, and crotch yellow birch

Demilune table with inlays of ebony, holly, and crotch yellow birch