Something I wanted to do for more than 30 years was to try my hand at the very old art of gilding with genuine gold leafs. The opportunity presented itself when I decided to frame a large new mirror for my wife. The first step was to make the profiles with an old profile plane I once obtained at a flee market. It is hard work, especially when a harder wood like ash is used, rather than poplar or spruce, but the aesthetics is very different from profiles routed with a machine.
To ensure that the frame remains stable for hundreds of years, I cut the ash so that with ageing, the profiles will tend to press inwards towards the mirror.
Glueing up the frame concluded the first step of this project.
To be continued!