Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014
Woodcarving Restoration and Repair Pictorial
Two of the bird woodcarvings sold at auction on April 5, 2014 had sustained damage that required serious
work. I had offered the new owners the option to get the bird woodcarvings repaired before they took them home, at no cost to them, as I always do with those customers who purchase my birds. So they both made the trip back home with me. All the repair work was completed today and so only the finishing, painting and cleaning work remains for tomorrow.
2005 Chickadee nest Repair
The exposed portion of copper wire shown is the point chosen to solder a new copper loop directly into the nest cavity to get a stronger attachment point.
Photo of interior of nest enclosure showing new copper anchoring point covered in epoxy clay. Also, a new
guide restrict the drop rate of the box lid to prevent recurrence of breakage.
|Chickadee Nest awaits painting work|
2006 Cardinal Woodcarving Pair
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Fine Furniture by James Sheppard
CONTEMPORARY TIGER MAPLE HANGING CUPBOARD.
The bold stepped cornice above a raised panel door and single door flanked by hand fluted quarter columns is a stunning sight. Fully hand crafted from beautifully selected figured Tiger Maple, each board and wood moulding hand planed and rubbed to a finish that demands to be felt by the touch of a hand to fully appreciate. I always nursed the dream of rightfully owning this particularly glorious fine cabinet beauty ever since I first saw Jim selecting the wide boards that he had stored for years in a shop. I am now the proud owner. This particular one is the last of 3 Jim crafted from stunningly figured Tiger Maple. It is signed, inscribed and dated "James Sheppard / Tiger Maple # 3 / Green Bank, W. V. / 1-11-06 / MMV I". Circa 2006. Dimensions are: 35" H, 25 1/4" W, 15 1/4" D. This incredible cupboard is a structural replica of the famed Spitler paint-decorated hanging cupboard (see last photo below). Jim Sheppard hand crafted a number of these cupboards in exact detail, both in painted pinewood and figured Tiger Maple.
Provenance:Collection of the late John and Lil Palmer, Purcellville, VA. Purchased from the cabinetmaker in 2006.
Important Shenandoah Valley Johannes Spitler (1774-1837) Decorated Yellow Pine Hanging Cupboard, Circa 1800- Sold $962,500, November 13, 2004, lot 237, for a Page Co., VA estate.