Carving a Dragon and Acanthus Leaf Design

2017-07-03T16:45:47-04:00 March 27th, 2013|


This 15 episode lesson (the longest by far for this school) shows the process of carving a highly ornate dragon and acanthus leaf design in walnut. I think we need to give out t-shirts - "I survived the Dragon and Acanthus lesson".

  • Lesson Contents: 15 episodes; template and photo are available in Episode 1
  • Type of Wood: Walnut
  • Dimensions: 22"w x 9"h
  • Tools:  6mm v-chisel;  #1, 6mm; #1, 14mm; #3, 3mm; #3, 6mm; #3, 14mm; #4, 14mm; #7, 14mm; #8,10; #7, 6; #11, 3mm
  • Skill Level: Advanced
  • Casting Available: Having a 3-D reference is tremendously helpful and allows you to get an accurate assessment of the carving's size, shape, and depth.
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  1. Mary May April 1, 2015 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Ummmm… Well – I need to wade through 8 hours of video to gather all the tools. One day I will do this. For the time being, here is a good start:

    6mm-v-chisel, #3-6mm, #3-14mm, #5-14mm, #7, 6mm, #7-14mm and probably the #8, 10mm

    Surprisingly, there are not a huge amount of tools used.

    Or – watch the 8 hours of video and let me know, OK? 🙂

  2. Mike Eifert February 18, 2017 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Hi Mary,
    Love your videos and your instruction style. I noticed the templates I’ve printed are all 8 1/2″x11″, standard print page size. However, the dimensions of some pieces are greater than this size. Can you tell me how you go about enlarging the template to “full” size?

    • Mary May February 18, 2017 at 8:22 pm - Reply

      Hello Mike,
      All I do is either take it to a photo copy center and enlarge it to the correct dimensions, or you can also sometimes print it at a larger percentage. This may have to be trial and error to get the correct size, or if you have a proportioning wheel, it will give you the exact percentage to increase it to get the correct size. Many photo copy places have these proportion wheels available.

      I’m glad you are enjoying the videos. Happy carving!

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