I have recently completed one side of the acanthus scrolls for the top of a Philadelphia Highboy carved in mahogany. The photo below is of a Highboy that I carved about 8 years ago. Danny Hinson, of Charleston SC, built 2 of these and I carved the details both of them. He got one, and I got the other. I thought it was a great deal!
The design I am carving is a combination of several different Highboy designs. Slightly different than the one I carved before, and based on others that I have seen from photographs. I have tried to keep the original integrity and basic flow and design of the leaves as close to the originals as possible.
I have videoed the carving process and through the month of June (while I am traveling in Europe) each of the 4 episodes will be added to my online school each week.
It is such a beautiful, delicate and flowing design – 3/8″ thick at the thickest part, and going down to 1/8″ thick in some sections. I showed how I attached this carving to a backer board in a previous blog.
Still to come: Center shell (shown below – not quite finished), rosettes, cartouche and finials for the Highboy! Yeeha!