Carvings in basswood for the newly built pipe organ at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Rosettes

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Pair of carved rosettes, rosaces tournantes

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Carved rosette

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Rosette carving in the swan neck pediment

Consoles

Console with acanthus drawing

Carved console on bass side

Consoles in lime wood on bench

Consoles on the bench

Acroterion

Acroterion drawing

Acroterion carving progress

Acroterion in bass wood

Bass and treble towers pipe shades

Towers pipe shades next to pediment

Swan neck pediment pipe shades

Swan neck pediments

A,B: Cutting the inserts for the rosettes.   C: Swan neck with rosette in place.

D,E: Tracing and cutting the swan neck collars.

F,G: The moldings are carved (cyma recta, doucine,ogee)

Bruton Parish Church was established in 1674, the church was constructed between 1711-15 in the Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area.

A new pipe organ was recently built by the organ builders. I designed and carved the pipe shades together with the organ builder's suggestions and my knowledge in the early 18 th century Georgian architectural ornament. The Greek revival Palladian style flourished in England as well as in the United States.

There are a total of eleven carvings and six drawings  made to decorate the organ case.
The pipe shades are placed beneath the architraves and also below the swan neck pediments. A pair of consoles supports the pediments in the central area of the organ. An acroterion is situated on the top of the pediments where the swan neck collars meet.
Six shades carvings are made in basswood and carved in ¾ “thickness. Two consoles are carved in 2”. The acroterion and the pair of rosettes are carved in 1 ½”.

 

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