Just a quick post, as it is late and I have to get up early tomorrow to drive to Greenville, SC to teach another beginning class. I was debating on whether to carve a shamrock, since it is St. Patricks Day, but I think the Camelia will be better. I’ll decide on the drive up there.
I took a photo of the acanthus leaf on the mitered corner. Shadow is not the greatest, but you can get the idea of how it looks complete.
I delivered this to the customer yesterday, and yet again, it probably ended up taking me twice the time I had anticipated – mainly because of the detail on the dart. I had originally carved them all based on an original antique that did not have the finish removed yet. Well, lo and behold – when the finish was removed – woooahhh! Very crisp and deep cuts. Particularly on the darts – once all the years of stain and goo was removed, the definition was obvious. So, I spent another 2 days re-carving the darts to better match the original.
Oh well, live and learn. I am happy that I spent the time to do it right. I would not have been happy just “getting by” and knowing that it was not up to the quality and crispness of the original detail.
I also posted a photo of something I needed to get finished today – it is a quick design for a kitchen cabinet – this will go on one side of an arch design. I carved another in reverse. Very simple rounded over – but they wanted a sort of Tuscan design and need it to go into the house asap because the clients are moving into their home this weekend. Ah – a good amount of stress (good stress) and pressure always does the body good!