Archive for August, 2012

Acanthus – Carving and Not Carving

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

photo of acanthus carving on mahoganyMonths 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.

Find more in the Acanthus category at Mary May’s new online school for Traditional Woodcarving.

photo of a book: Acanthus Carving and DesignShortly 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!

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