Carving a Pomegranate Branch

2018-03-05T11:22:40-05:00 October 26th, 2016|

This is a brief introduction to "Carving a Pomegranate Branch."

I was recently presented with the opportunity to carve a historical reproduction of an ornate fireplace surround dating back to the era of colonial Charleston, SC. The design resembles pomegranate branches and looks so delicate once undercut and removed from the backer board. This is a sample I made for the client before I got the commission. I am so excited to share it with you.

  • Lesson Contents: 4 episodes; template, tool list, and photo in Episode 1
  • Type of Wood: Mahogany
  • Size: 4"w x 9-1/2"h x 7/8"d
  • Tool List: 4mm v-chisel; #3, 6mm; #4, 10mm; #4, 14mm; #5, 6mm; #5, 8mm; #5, 14mm; #7, 14mm; #8, 6mm; #11, 2mm; #11, 3mm
  • Skill Level: Advanced

Lessons in this Series:

Carving a Rococo Vine

Carving an English Rose

Carving a Scroll & Rosette

Carving an Acanthus Bracket

Carving an American Rococo Shell

Carving a Pomegranate Branch

= More Lessons at the Advanced Skill Level =


  1. Ralph Scheffler October 27, 2016 at 9:54 am - Reply

    Very nice project. Since you used Mahogany wood (which holds well for intricate
    designs and undercutting), would you recommend using Butternut wood?

    • Mary May October 29, 2016 at 11:41 am - Reply

      Hi Ralph,
      Butternut would be a good wood to use also. It certainly is a lot softer! However, sometimes with a carving this detailed, the grain of butternut can be distracting to the design. The cleaner and more even the grain, the better.

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