Hitch wrote:I'm back, so many carvings for this desk I'm building. I'm building the Roman version of the Resolute desk.
I don't know what the "Roman version" of the Resolute Desk is, but I DO know your work is cut out for you! I was commissioned by the CarveWright company CEO (Chris Lovchik) earlier this year to create several models for the Resolute Desk he was planning to build. This was for his personal library (http://www.carvewright.com/the-library- ... ght-built/
) and also to show as a featured project during the 2017 CarveWright Conference. All the carved portions were done on the CarveWright machine (as were all the carvings in his massive all-oak library).
We split up the assignments between us...I created models with Aspire and he created models with the CarveWright modeling software. We started this in February and finished all the models by June (about "killed us both" to make the "zillion" models and building of the desk in time for the June Conference!) We always have a BBQ at his house after the conference. The desk was not actually totally completed (many secret compartments needed to be added and the leather desktop had to be custom made before final assembly) but it was finished enough to show attendees. We did scale the desk to slightly smaller width than the original, so modeling/size adjustments were made from the get-go. The Presidential Seal was replaced with the Lovchik Family Crest instead.
I think it's extremely admirable that you took on this major project (although I don't know how the heck you are doing it without the benefit of Aspire to create your own models). I think I found practically every photo available of the actual Resolute Desk to use for reference. Most photos were black and white and not very good detail when zoomed in tight. Did find some color photos of the desk with Pres Obama taken fairly recently, so those were good to have (better resolution). Anyway, the ref photos were essential when modeling in Aspire as well as CarveWright software products. Here's some screenshots of a few of the models I made with Aspire and a couple of the desk itself..
All the best for your project! You are a brave man! Perhaps the pics will help inspire you that it can be done!!