bruton church interior with pipe organ facade including carvings  made by laurent robert

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

Rosettes

pipe organ sculptures for bruton church in williamsburg including two rosettes carvings by laurent robert

pipe organ sculptures for bruton church in williamsburg including a rosette carving by laurent robert

pipe organ sculptures for bruton church in williamsburg including a swan neck pediment and rosette carving by laurent robert

Swan neck pediment pipe shades

pipe organ sculptures for bruton church in williamsburg including pipe shades carving by laurent robert
pipe organ sculptures for bruton church in williamsburg including pipe shades carved by laurent robert

Bass and treble towers pipe shades

pipe organ sculptures for bruton church in williamsburg including an acanthus drawing by laurent robert
pipe organ sculptures for bruton church in williamsburg including a tower carving by laurent robert
pipe organ sculptures for bruton church in williamsburg including an acanthus hand drawing by laurent robert
A portion of a pipe shade carved in limewood featuring acanthus leaves
pipe organ sculptures for bruton church in williamsburg including two towers carvings by laurent robert

Towers pipe shades next to pediment

pipe organ sculptures for bruton church in williamsburg including a tower pipe shades drawing by laurent robert
pipe organ sculptures for bruton church in williamsburg including a tower pipe shades carving by laurent robert
pipe organ sculptures for bruton church in williamsburg including two tower pipe shades carvings by laurent robert

Consoles

pipe organ sculptures for bruton church in williamsburg including a carved console hand drawing by laurent robert

Console with acanthus drawing

pipe organ sculptures for bruton church in williamsburg including a console carved by laurent robert

Carved console on bass side

pipe organ sculptures for bruton church in williamsburg including two carved consoles by laurent robert

Consoles in lime wood on bench

pipe organ sculptures for bruton church in williamsburg including two consoles carvings by laurent robert

Consoles on the bench

Acroterion

pipe organ sculptures for bruton church in williamsburg including an acroterion hand drawing by laurent robert

Acroterion drawing

pipe organ sculptures for bruton church in williamsburg including a carved acroterion by laurent robert

Acroterion carving progress

pipe organ sculptures for bruton church in williamsburg including an acroterion carving by laurent robert

Acroterion in bass wood

Swan neck pediments

pipe organ sculptures for bruton church in williamsburg including a swan neck pediment and  rosette assembled by laurent robert
pipe organ sculptures for bruton church in williamsburg including a swan neck pediment carved ogees by laurent robert

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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