Reflections on Rococo – FineWoodworking

Photograph: Invoice Truslow

Synopsis: You may suppose that there’s nothing left for Allan Breed to find out about carving. You’d be flawed. This 5-ft. Rococo trying glass, for instance, was a revelation.

Allan Breed, who carves with mesmerizing fluidity, has been constructing American interval furnishings for practically 50 years and educating his craft for greater than 30. But he’s nonetheless studying. Carving this 5-ft.-tall trying glass, which re-creates a white painted pine one made in Philadelphia in 1770, was for him a revelation within the Rococo type. Analyzing the unique on the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork in New York, he discovered it at first “dauntingly advanced.” However he says that partway by carving it, “I immediately realized what this man had been doing—that each one the difficult carving was truly fully modular and predictable.” Breed noticed that in its essence the design was about opposition: a textured leaf beside a easy one, a dished leaf beside a pillowed one, a convex type beside a concave one. “And when you erase the leaves and foliage,” he stated, “you will have opposing C-scrolls that chase one another across the body; they’re the essential grid that the design is constructed on.” He additionally famous that the unique had been carved at pace with massive instruments. “This sort of carving can’t be labored over and chipped away at. It has to look spontaneous and fast. I realized a ton by doing that mirror—I’d wish to carve one other!”

— Jonathan Binzen

From Superb Woodworking #298

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