I decided to start 2019 off with a carved box in northern red oak. The overall dimensions of the box will be, 10-1/2″ D x 17-1/2″ W x 9-1/2″ H. Not knowing what pattern to carve, I just established horizontal and vertical centerlines and stared at the board for a spell.
After several minutes with no clue as to what to carve, I began adding an S-braid as a bottom margin, thinking perhaps that would spark an idea. Firstly, I scribed margins as shown.
Then using dividers I walked 5/8″ spaces across the board and used an eye punch to mark off these spaces.
Then using a 20 mm #7 gouge, I made strikes from the center line to the top margin just to the right of the punch marks. Reversing the gouge, I made strikes from the center line to the bottom margin just to the left of the punch marks. Chips were then removed.
From the center line to where the chips were removed, I made strikes with a 10 mm #7 gouge, both top, and bottom.
Using the same 10 mm #7, I rounded over the first 20 mm gouge strikes and removed the chip.
After an hour or so I had an S-braid as a bottom margin!
Still, with no clue as to what the main pattern would be, I decided to add some running cable as a top margin.
So … inverted lunettes, S-scrolls, or rondels … I guess time will tell!