The New Music Lecturn
for Stanford Memorial Church


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Paul Reibers "notes" on .......... Carving the Crest Rail
The photo of the Italian Lectern that was the starting point for the design was not detailed enough for me to read the carving clearly. I was able to get a rough date range and research the appropriate styles of carving. I spent time drawing copies of carvings I could locate of early renaissance church woodwork, especially the designs done by Michelangelo for the Biblioteca Laurenziana and carved by Battista del Cingue and Ciappino in 1534.
....I wanted the visual content of the carving to include a musical reference and chose the two singing birds. The walnut came from the collection of Richard Anderson and was chosen to work well with the colors of the other varieties of walnut used in the Cabinet and lectern.
... After beginning the layout I discovered some buried metal in the plank and found after digging it out that an entire 10 penny nail was imbedded and grown over. The blank was given a coat of white gesso and the drawing transferred to the wood. The waste was removed first by band saw then scroll saw. The carving was done using European style woodcarving chisels and gouges. As I completed the carving I was unhappy with the design of the motif that forms the center of the carving. I cut it off and replaced it with a thicker block of walnut, turned and carved in a traditional pineapple form.

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The exceptional carvings by Paul Reiber


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Here is the sheet music holder by Bradley Harris

with a beautiful turned post by Geo Harris

with the lower cabinet made by Richard Anderson


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with the beautiful bookmatched panels by Brian Lee


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Lecturn: a choir desk in churches

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Below is some of the provenance of the making of this beautiful Lecturn.

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Here is Paul Reiber ~ Master Carver

Here is Richard Anderson ~ Master Cabinetmaker

The Lecturn upper cabinet created by
Bradley Harris


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here Richard fits the lower cabinet doors

here Richard assemble the lower cabinet


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the completed turned upper support

The upper turned support by Geo Harris


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The Lecturn Drawing

Full size drawing of the post turning


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here is a mock-up of End Panel Molding


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The handmade sanding blocks, corner scrapers, and mask for end grain end panel grain selection

Veneers assembled by Brian Lee

with Sunray Nicholson at the saw


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here is the walnut crotch-cut

stored and cured to stabilize

then book matched


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and the "thick" veneers are glued together

then finish sanded

and final inspection


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glued to the stable backing for the finished panels

then vacuum pressed to the panel back

........ and "viola" the finished Lecturn


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