■ ^r raceful. That's the first word V-^ that comes to mind whenever I see a piece of Queen Anne furniture. Not only that, I've always been impressed by the craftsmanship that went into building and shaping it.
That's why I've especially enjoyed working on two of the projects featured in this issue. Both the jewelry cabinet (shown on page 6) and the coffee table (page 20) incorporate several elements of traditional Queen Anne design: delicate moldings, scalloped cutouts, and gently curved shapes — the most striking of which are the graceful S-shaped legs.
cabriole legs. This style of leg is called "cabriole" (CAB ree ol). The cabriole leg is one of the hallmarks of Queen Anne furniture. But its origins can be traced back to the time of the pharaohs, when craftsman would carve animal-like shapes into their designs.
Then, just before the turn of the 18th century, French woodworkers revived the idea of using stylized animal legs for furniture. Their versions were typically very intricate and included ornate carvings.
Next the English picked up on the idea and began incorporating a simplified version into their furniture. But it was American craftsman that really defined the look of the cabriole leg. They created simple, elegant designs that formed the foundation for Queen Anne style furniture.
heirloom projects. So when it came time to design the Queen Anne style projects in this issue, we started with the legs. Then we designed the rest of the project around them.
To keep things from getting too complicated, we used the same basic cabriole leg for both the jewelry cabinet and the coffee table. And we chose a very simple style of leg that doesn't involve any carving. Instead, you just cut the basic shape out on a band saw and then finish shaping the leg with a rasp, file, and some sandpaper.
other projects. Of course, if Queen Anne furniture doesn't interest you, you're not out of luck. We have two other great projects in this issue. There's a striking copper-roofed bird feeder shown on page 24 and a traditional oak plate shelf on page 32.
new faces. We've added three new faces since last issue. First, Lark Gilmer has joined us as Photography Director. Second, Ted Wong, Jr. will be helping out as Project Designer. And finally, Vince Ancona has joined the staff as Assistant Editor.
job openings. August Home Publishing is continuing to grow. And we're looking to fill several editorial positions on a new magazine.
Ideal candidates should have previous publishing experience. And all applicants must have excellent writing skills and experience in home improvement and woodworking. If you'd like to apply, please send your letter and resume to: J.W. Moore, August Home Publishing, 2200 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312.
Plate Shelf page 32
Bird Feeder page 24
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