The past few weeks, I have spent many hours in the shop carving acanthus leaves in oak. Remember the fireplace carvings I finished in the fall? That client called me again to get me to start some carvings for his front entry stairs and balcony.
I started by transferring the drawings onto the boards.
Then I bosted in the carvings to just above the correct depth by cutting around the outline of the leaves.
Most recently, I have been layering the leaves and putting “movement” into them. By “movement” I mean rises and falls, curves where leaves overlap, and varying the curves of the leaves in and out.
This is when the carving gets fun – when the artist in me comes to the fore, and the technical work that I spent weeks on starts to shine. Now only 7 more of these to go!