Details can be fun and add interest, but they are also practical — softening an edge or lightening the visual weight of a part. We will explore lots of practical details and techniques — at your pace — making delicate string or line inlays, cutting in surface inlays such as panels or diamonds, making patterned bandings, and using non-wood materials such as metal, shell, or bone. 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 discussed. We are even going to make some of those hand tools, amazing scratchstocks used to cut precise inlay grooves and small molded surfaces.