This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
This design presents no great difficulty to the novice in wood carving. There are, of course, two pieces to be worked up and they should be done on one piece of wood, and sawn apart-afterwards. Begin by tracing the line with carbon paper onto a piece of oak or walnut, planed up to the exact width, and about 3/4 in. thick. Round (off each end with bow saw and spokeshave, then proceed to vein in the lines, and cut out the ground with
Design for the End of a Book Rest. By C. M. Jenckes.
(For Treatment in Wood Carving and Metal Work. See page 86.) suitable gouges to about 3/16. deep. The stalk should next be worked up, and it will be at this stage that the hardest part of the work will be experienced. Endeavour to get a natural effect with the chisel cuts only. A certain amount of "undercut" will be needed to throw up the stems, especially where they join the leaves, and unless great care be taken the wood will break off. The ground should be punched with irregular marks. The leaves are simply gouged out where indicated by the shaded lines. Next month we will describe and illustrate the methods of making up such a bookrest.
The design lends itself to either simple or pierced repousse, and in the former case a panel with very slight raising should be worked up. Commence by tracing in all the lines and raising the leaves and stems about 1/8 in., keeping the edges as square as possible to allow of under-cutting from the front. The ground should be simply punched and the border left plain, the whole mounted on a suitable wood having a recess exactly the size of the panel. The pierced repousse would have a line effect in copper on walnut, the design being treated in the same way, but cut out and laid on the wood.