I have done very basic carving of names for gifts and such. Feb 2010 005.jpg
But now I am working on a cherry dovetailed blanket chest that will be a wedding gift for my son. The design of the chest is traditional (shaker-ish), and I'm having a difficult time deciding what, if anything, I should carve...and where. I thought it used to be common to add names and dates to blanket chests, but I'm having a difficult time finding good examples...maybe because it was more common to paint. I'm not looking to decorate the chest with elaborate carvings, but rather keep the design simple and "enhance" with their family name (or initials) and wedding date. My previous letter carving experience was with mostly blocky letters. I was thinking more scrolling letters to go with an older feel.
I have also been considering locations. I don't like the idea of it on the top lid. Possibly on the front panel...and also possible on underside of top lid.
I would love to hear your thoughts or to see any examples.