Carvings in basswood for the newly built pipe organ at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Swan neck pediment pipe shades
Bass and treble towers pipe shades
Towers pipe shades next to pediment
Console with acanthus drawing
Carved console on bass side
Consoles in lime wood on bench
Consoles on the bench
Acroterion carving progress
Acroterion in bass wood
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)
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”.