This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
Panel in Oak: Dandelion (13 X 21 in.). Designed by Lewis F. Day.
Bracket in Teak. (7 in. high; 11 wide.)
natural to choose a panel as an object for carving, even though there be no definite idea in view for its ultimate application, and many such panels were seen; but there was also a pleasing variety of such useful things as alms-plates, brackets, mirror-frames, and clock-cases, and there was a beautifully finished copper-lined cigar-box, which we illustrate. On the walls of the class-rooms were photographs of various other carved articles executed by the school, including a hymn-board frame, which should, by the way, be a popular subject with amateurs, for there is scarcely a village church in the kingdom that would not gladly be the recipient of such a gift, if really a work of art. If every country rector would ask the artistic members of his congregation to contribute to the church a carved alms-box, an alms-plate, and a hymn-board - all simple objects, easily within the abilities of the average amateur - what an impetus would be given to the craft! Of course, it should be seen to that these objects are in keeping with the architecture of the building. Gothic, naturally, would most generally be the style desired.
We may add that we have by no means exhausted our photographs of carvings at the recent exhibition. We shall continue to give them, according to the space at our disposal.
"What kind of polish do you recommend for wood-carving ?" is a question put to us again and again by correspondents. We once more reply that the artistic craftsman would use none. To quote Mr. George Jack: "Nothing so effectually destroys the quality of texture as polish applied to carving. If furniture must be polished, it should not be carved. The only polish that improves carving, is that which comes of use. On hard wood, such as oak or Italian walnut, the pressure of the tools leaves a pleasant polish which is all that is necessary; the most that should be allowed may be given by a little burnishing with the handle of the tool."
Profile View of the Bracket.
Panel in Oak (13 x 21 in.). Designed by Lewis F. Day.