Months ago, I had the good fortune to attend Mary May’s class “Introduction to Relief Carving.” One of the projects was an Acanthus leaf. It lingered, unfinished, while I did other things. I recently got back to it and completed the carving. Not bad for an “Intro” class.
Shortly after that class, we traveled for a few weeks. Not wanting to carry 40 pounds of gouges, nor having a good place to carve, I took a book instead. Bob Yorburg and Hans Sandom’s “Acanthus Carving and Design” is a delight. Design is emphasized with an abundant collection of drawings. These are then followed by a collection of beautifully carved pieces.
A legal pad and a pencil substituted for a roll of gouges as I copied many of the drawings. One can gain a very good feel for how many of the curves start rather flat and accelerate to beautiful curls and sweeps. Highly recommended!