Cabriole Legs The design of our cabriole legs is very important to us, whether for a chair, table, lowboy or dresser. The proportions should be strong but elegant, with a pronounced knee and slender ankle. The designs are faithful to the tradition of English cabinet making from Queen Anne to Thomas Chippendale, and are the result of many years of study of original furniture in public collections and private restorations.
Each leg is band sawn from solid woods and shaped by hand in the traditional manner using spokeshaves and carving tools. The hand carving of a fine cabriole leg requires constant checking and comparison to achieve the graceful 18th century style, and to ensure uniformity in a matching set.
The legs once carved are hand sanded to a fine finish through the grits to 180 grit for oak, 220 for the finest mahogany and walnut. They are supplied ‘in the white’ ready for polishing.
We have been hand carving cabriole legs for prestige furniture manufacturers since 1986 and have had many fine commissions worldwide. Our standard patterns and sizes can be changed to suit a particular project and new designs are always welcome.
As these legs are all hand carved we have the flexibility to produce small runs or even one off’s to the customer’s requirements.