Leaf and Fruit Carving
I have a challenge for anyone out there. What is this a carving of? I have been calling it a fruit (I referred to it as a “fruit” when I videoed the process for my video web site). But I think it might be more like a nut that is cracking out of its shell. Anybody have an idea?
This is in walnut (could this be a carved walnut? The leaves aren’t walnut) and is quite thick – 1-1/2″ thick and the original is on a headboard of a bed. My client wanted to make a matching bed with the carving matching the original. It was a fun carving to do because of the depth. So much of my carving ends up being shallow relief, so it was nice to carve something almost fully 3-dimensional.
- Learn how to carve the leaves and nuts in this video posting
I’m heading off to Pasadena, CA on Thursday to teach sessions on how to carve the ball and claw foot and acanthus leaf on a cabriole leg for the Woodworking in America show. I have never been to the WIA, and am not sure what to expect – such as how many people will be in each session. I have heard that for Roy Underhill’s demos there is over 100 people with standing room only. So… I’m really not sure. Might be 10 people, might be 100. The most I ever did a demo in front of was about 250 for the Greenville, SC woodworkers guild. I only forgot to breathe a few times – fortunately I did not pass out. I do much better in front of people with chisel in hand and doing what I know best – making wood fly. Put me behind a piece of wood with my trusty gouges, and I’m at home.