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Decorative Details

  • Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Route 1 Warren, Maine (map)

Lie-Nielsen is known for their exceptional hand tools, but they also run classes during the summer months at their "factory" in Warren, Maine. It's a very interesting place to visit, to see them milling and shaping and polishing brass and steel parts, turning them into handsome tools. 

During our 2 days together we will explore different decorative techniques and make some of the necessary tools — small chisels and amazing scratchstocks.  We’ll talk about ways to use each detail and variations that are possible. Most of the time will be yours to work on a sample board of the decorative ideas that most appeal to you. 

Our starting point will be smoothing a surface to a polish right off the plane. This leads to edge details: chamfers cut at different angles or that change in width as they move along an edge, decorative starts and stops to those chamfers, underbevels that lighten the appearance of an edge, molded edges, and inlaid edges

Next will be fine inlaid lines known as string inlays and their many variations. We will cut neatly mitered corners, create some fun lines of dots and dashes, and attempt some curves. This leads nicely into cutting larger solid wood inlays of diamonds and panels, and how to use other materials such as stone, silver, ivory, bone.

Earlier Event: July 31
Precision With Hand Tools
Later Event: September 11
Build a Round Plane