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How to Measure a Ball and Claw Foot

May 14th, 2018|

When I'm carving a ball and claw foot, I use a gauge that includes all the info needed to carve the foot. The information is transferred to the gauge from an original or from a prototype that I’m satisfied with. Most feet I carve are from 3" stock, so the foot will live inside this 3" cube. Initially, two circles are scribed on the bottom of the foot, one is the diameter at the equator of the ball and the other is the footprint where the ball meets the floor. Usually I just write these dimensions on the gauge. [...]

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