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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 09-24-2009 07:31 AM 1666 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

An object made in solid wood is an object that can be carved …

This is a simple premise, and it often enhances the impact of themes and the beauty of architectural features or furniture. We didn’t turn the posts, they arrived completed, sanded, and prepped to carve. Our client wanted to impart a grape vine theme for the posts entering a wine cellar.

We designed the carving patterns and laid out the detailed outlines on the piece. All the work is hand carved using 18th century cast steel tools.

Coloration is acrylic with a standard penetrating stain – we left them unfinished to allow the installer to complete the job and match them to the rest of the staircase.

Artisans can provide services to other craftsman to add carving details or ornamental elements for your project. We offer a full line of over 5,000 appliques, corbels, moldings, onlays, feet, columns, and posts and a lots of other cool features. Send me your address if you want a catalog / portfolio on CD!

Carvings shown on this page were done by Master Craftsman Stanley D. Saperstein (my father …)

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com





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#1 posted 09-24-2009 08:03 AM

Looks good Eric. What did you use to make the background in the first picture. It looks just like the background tool I use in leather tooling.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 09-24-2009 08:22 AM

A stippling tool – just basically a cross hatch design of spikes filed out of the tip of a 1/4” to say up to a 1/2” piece of round or square tool steel.

You can make them easily – take soft tool steel and then setup and evenly spaced pattern using small triangle diamond files. Then harden the steel with a simple heat treating that works fine with any given plumbers torch if you practice a bit …

You can also check I think Woodcarvers Supply and Garret Wade have some options … as well for production versions.

We use the stippling technique all the time – it greatly cleans up the background and creates a dark area behind your carving which develops contrast, depth, and visual interest. If you taper the stippling – as it travels away from the carving you lesson the density to transition into the clean wood it makes a nice effect.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com

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#3 posted 09-24-2009 09:03 AM

Thanks for the explaination. I don’t remember seeing on wood before. Very common tool in leather tooling.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 09-24-2009 04:50 PM

Those are beautiful, nice job. Common sense and logic, love it….........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 09-24-2009 05:43 PM

WOW!!!!

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#6 posted 09-24-2009 06:49 PM

Very welcome design and a lovely looking product . I take my hat off to you well done indeed my friend very nice. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 09-29-2009 12:24 AM

these are fantastic.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribele, Young Living Wellness )

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