Medieval Sconces

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Project by Dan Katz posted 07-27-2019 12:52 AM 998 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last summer a friend of mine from Spring City, TN brought me 2 pickup loads of Sycamore. It came from a big tree and he had cut it up into large blocks about 14” x 14” x 32”. I spent a good part of the summer quarter sawing it on my Rikon 18” band saw.
These sconces are some of the items that I am making now out of some of the Sycamore. I have made several more of these sconces out of other woods and you can view them at my store JaffaRoad at

-- VillageCarver,Chattanooga

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#1 posted 07-27-2019 12:58 AM

Those are beautiful! I’d love to see those made. I have a Rikon (probably the same one you have) you have a jig for sawing? What’s your method?

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Dan Katz

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#2 posted 07-27-2019 01:37 AM

I took a track saw guide that I had from (PSI) PennStateInd and made a sled out of it.
It worked well enough to get through the project but it was slow and tedious to adjust for the thickness of each cut. I still have several blocks left to re-saw and I am thinking about buying the Little Ripper saw mill package.

-- VillageCarver,Chattanooga

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#3 posted 07-27-2019 02:06 AM

Those look great. The sides of the pews at a church in my town have a very similar pattern. I usually spend the whole mass dissecting the build process on them rather than paying attention. I’d love to try something like this one day.

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#4 posted 07-27-2019 04:46 AM

Kind of reminds me of gothic architecture. If you’ve ever been to the top of “the Crown” in Chicago, it kind of reminds me of that as well. Very cool!

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#5 posted 07-27-2019 10:44 AM

Wow, looks great. I too would love to see how they were made

-- Cowboy Up or Quit - If you are going to quit than get out of my way

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#6 posted 07-27-2019 05:40 PM

Beautiful! I love the gothic carving, and you can’t beat quarter sawn sycamore for looks!

-- Marsha, Northeast Ohio

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#7 posted 07-27-2019 10:16 PM

Love the medieval period.
The wood is perfect for your application.
Do you carve them by hand or CNC Machine.
Would like to see your process.
I’ll check out your store on Etsy.

-- James E McIntyre

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Dan Katz

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#8 posted 07-27-2019 10:50 PM

Thanks to you all,

All the carving is done with hand tools. Chisels and gouges. The blank is sawed out with the band saw (Rikon 18”)and the inside cuts are made with a scroll saw (Seyco 21”). I don’t use Dremel/Fordom type tools either.
I’ve designed some special scrapers that I use in the finial shaping of the cusps which are not flat but slightly curved and then sanded.
I enjoy the carving process above all the other woodworking activities.
I will try and post some pictures when I make some more of these.
Please visit my store JaffaRoad > there are many more photos there.

-- VillageCarver,Chattanooga

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#9 posted 07-28-2019 01:11 AM

Just flat out fantastic!

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#10 posted 07-29-2019 12:41 AM

Dan , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 07-29-2019 11:27 AM

Looks great. I could never do something like this….....just don’t have the patience.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#12 posted 07-29-2019 08:00 PM

Beautiful! And by hand, yet! I hope to see the day when I carve that I make cuts that neatly.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#13 posted 07-29-2019 08:13 PM

practice, practice, sharpen, sharpen, practice, practice, etc….
Thanks ,

-- VillageCarver,Chattanooga

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