examples of Keith's hand carved and hand made pieces
Hand crafted to commemorate a special occasion - in this case a Graduation. The box is dovetailed and highlights seven different woods all of which were of significance to the recipient. Of special note, the small sliding interior tray utilized recovered Kauri wood that has been carbon dated to be in excess of 25,000 years old - well before the dawn of civilization . The tiny dovetails used in the crafting of that tray tested the limits of the material. The sliding function mimics that of traditional English tool chests.
Interior of box
The interior sliding tray mimics that of traditional English tool chests. It is made of ancient Kauri wood recovered from New Zealand and is carbon dated to be in excess of 25,000 years old. To test the limit of my own capability and that of the material the tray was meticulously dovetailed.
A Diminuitive Presentation Box
A small presentation box, in this case an early collectible pocket knife, crafted using the keyed mitred corners style. Similar to the Memory Box, this piece featured several different woods (apple, spalted maple, dogwood and holly) that were all collected locally and of significance to the recipient.
Birds Eye Maple Side Table
The top of this table, a really unique piece of Birds eye maple with "ingrown bark" is only part of the story. The two metal legs that support the top were salvaged from an old broken (1920's?) school desk. I purchased three of these desks that were found in the attic of an old town hall prior to its renovation and auctioned off by the Town of Harvard. MA. I will shortly be using the old wood, saved from the desk unit itself - probably to make pencil boxes.
The school desk before being dismantled and remade into a functional side table
The School Box
This is a faithful copy of a school box project. The original box tracks all the way back to a young apprentice, Thomas, working in the early 1800's. The working details for this box and other similar projects was found in an account of young Thomas's apprenticeship travails and recently republished by the Lost Art Press.
As such, this is the only piece I have crafted using plans or written instructions - see my about section for me on my work philosophy. Yet, to make this all the more authentic, I was able to source some 200 year old pine boards from an old barn in Bedford. MA that was deconstructed but beyond salvage.
Hand carved in deep relief into a solid mahogany panel. The design was adpated from a design by my tutor and mentor, Master Carver, Dimitrios Klitsas.
Two house signs both hand carved in mahogany.
The larger of the two was particularly challenging as it incorporated both deep relief carving and inset lettering.
The smaller sign also added the technique of oil guilt work to make the number a prominent feature.
The following three panels and illustrative examples of the art of inlaying contrasting woods into a solid background. The decorative can be quite stunning and lends itslef to a multitude of decorative opportunities such as the inlaid banding/border used to outline the spalted maple top ofthe Memory Box.
Compass Rose Inlay Panel
Rosewood and Holly inlayed into mahogany
Line and Berry
Holly stringing andflowers with cherry berries inlayed into walnut
Sand shaded fans
A maple background inlaid with black veneer (dyed birch) surrounding maple fans that have been shaded in hot sand to create a three dimensional effect.
A simple hand crafted coffee table made from some rare and very old highly figured cherry wood. Two coats of natural Danish Oil were applied to highlight the beautiful natural colour and figure of the top and all protected by three coats of varnish rubbed out to a satin sheen. Traditional (draw bored/pinned) mortise and tenon joinery was used throughout
Live Edge Coffe Table
A coffee or occasional table made entirely from one slab of live edge white oak. The top was created to feature the wild grain surrounding a a large knot. No effort was made to "hide" other defects in this example of wood drawn from its most natural state.
The top is joined to the legs using angled bronze that also help facilitate wood movement caused by season expansion and contraction. The bottom rail is connected using wedged through mortise and tenon joinery
Live Edge Coffee Table
Live Edge Coffe Table
Live Edge Coffee Table
Through wedged mortise and tenon and gently arched base of leg
Three images of other earlier work; Hard maple bread cutting board, a mahogany tool tote with angled dovetailed joinery and a hand made picture frame
Hard maple bread board
Fashioned after a traditional style English bread board. All profiles and features hand carved not turned !
Hand made picture frame
The frame profile cut using hand tools
Work in progress
The following carved panels are fun sample boards in basswood to explore different aspects of relief carving. They need a final clean up with the gouges especially the background and around the borders but are included here as illustrative of work that will shortly move into the items for sale shop
Three circular designs in the Gothic style with a central floral motif.
A real fun and very attractive piece to carve invoking the Gothic architectural elements prominent in my native England
Stylized tulips encapsulating a broad shell pattern and featuring traditional C scrolls for the base
Larger Wall Panel
I call this my grapes of wrath panel - (unfinished)...It is a constant reminder of the challenges of carving in such detailed relief