Wine Barrel Carving by Maryland Artist Tom Crowl.

Wine Barrel Carving Process
Step Two - Remove The Glue...

Removing excess glue from the wine barrel head.First, I use a chisel to remove the excess glue on the outside of the barrel head.  Even though the inside won't be visible when the finished carving hangs on a wall, I go in and clean up excess glue there as well.

In some carvings, I use just the flat barrel head removed from the staves.  With those pieces, the boards are carefully pried apart.  Barrel heads are joined with dowel and a reed is inserted between the boards.  The reed is scraped and peeled away.  Glue is placed in the dowel pockets and along the boards and then the barrel head is carefully reassembled and clamped until the glue is dry.

Once the barrel head has been properly glued and cleaned, it is ready for carving.  The design phase is usually handled in the office.

Step Three - The Design

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