Registration open for May 2024 class

Ball and Claw Foot Carving

The iconic element of American period furniture in Philadelphia, Boston and Newport styles

The ball and claw foot is an iconic element of American period furniture that needlessly strikes fear into aspiring woodworkers who are tackling it for the first time. So many of the best tables, chairs and chests have them that you’ll want to learn the best methods and tools needed to efficiently create these striking feet. Economy of cuts and appropriate tool choice can speed up and refine ball and claw carving. Take advantage of my experience carving dozens of them in various styles to really nail down your method, build a jig to speed up your work, customize a few tools and add those subtle details that make all the difference. We’ll work on Philadelphia, Boston and Newport feet in this five day class so you can understand the similarities and differences between these major colonial furniture making centers. You’re guaranteed to see ball and claw feet in an entirely new light after this week!

All materials are included.

Ball and Claw Foot Carving Class

2024 Class Schedule


May 20-24, 2024

Class Time

8:30 am – 5:00 pm


Five-Day Course
5 student class limit

Skill Level

Beginner to Intermediate


($300 deposit due upon registration, balance due on first day of class)

School Information

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Tool List

  • 1-3, 1s5 skew
  • 3-10, *3-12, 3-12 fishtail, 3-16, 3-20, 3-25, 3-30
  • *5-12, 5-14, 5-20, 25-20 backbent, 5-25, 5-35
  • 25-6 backbent, 7-8, *7-10, 25-10 backbent, 7-16, 25-13 backbent, 7-20
  • 8-13, 8-16
  • *9-10
  • *11-3, 11-7, 11-10
  • *12-8 v-tool
  • Henry Taylor 37 backbent
* indicates availability as an intermediate size. I recommend these as they are easier to use and cost less.
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