Williamsburg – Egg & Dart Carving

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January 26th, 2014 in blogs



Each year, I’ve been attending the Williamsburg Conference “Working Wood in the 18th Century”. It has always been educational, instructional, and inspirational. After returning home each year, I have a list of new ideas for the shop and for SketchUp.

This year’s program topic was corner cupboards, dining tables, and sideboards furnishing the early Southern Dining Room. A very ornate and beautiful table from MESDA (Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts), was a major project for the Williamsburg Cabinetmakers this year. The piece is called the Buckland and Sears Sideboard Table.
It shows off an enormous amount of carving embracing a beautiful Egg and Dart design. Or as the Williamsburg cabinets say, Egg and Tongue.

Here is the carving performed on stage by Bill Pavlak. I will show in this video how I would re-create this egg and dart design in SketchUp. As I’ve shown before in previous Blog posts, I import the photo, make it full-size, and trace over the shapes with the line and arc tools.

Here is my traceover of the shapes in the picture. When I turn on X-ray, you can see the background picture while tracing.

This is the profile cross section shape of

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