Saturday, August 16, 2014

Road Trip for a Carving Lesson

The sun was up before I got out of Maine

On Friday, I left the house at 4:00 am to head down to Beverly, MA for a carving lesson. My good friend Freddy Roman graciously agreed to show me the ropes of carving a slat I need to replace on a client’s chair. I met Freddy over at Phil Lowe’s Furniture Institute of Massachusetts for the morning lesson. Freddy, Phil, and Artie (the shop manager) were a great help. I am not sure if it was just because I brought them donuts from The Holy Donut in Portland but they very welcoming to me. We spent three or so hours going over sharpening tips for carving tools, special considerations for grain orientation, etc. I had to get back on the road after lunch due to another early morning on Saturday but it was just what I needed to boost my confidence to tackle the project head on.
My new Auriou seven piece set getting tuned up

A practice piece to work out how to approach the project

Thanks guys for your time and openness to share with me. (Especially you, Freddy.) It was well worth the twelve or so hours of driving it took to pick your brains about the project. I look forward to meeting up again sometime.

Artie, Freddy, and Phil


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