Carving Oak Leaves

2017-04-08T23:19:32-04:00 December 21st, 2016|

This is a brief introduction to "Carving Oak Leaves."

This two-episode lesson shows how to carve 3 oak leaves in mahogany and focuses on creating curling and twisting shapes along the surfaces of the leaves.

  • Lesson Contents: 2 episodes; template, tool list, and photo in Episode 1
  • Type of Wood: Mahogany (Sapele)
  • Size: 9-1/2"w x 1-3/4"h x 1/4"d
  • Tool List: 4mm v-chisel; #3, 3mm; #3, 6mm; #4, 14mm; #5, 8mm; #5, 14mm; #7, 6mm
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
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  1. Ralph Scheffler December 22, 2016 at 9:40 am - Reply

    A great project. Are the oak leaves separate from the base, then connected later in the project? Is basswood too soft for this project?

    • Mary May December 22, 2016 at 10:31 pm - Reply

      Thank you. The background was lowered for this project, but can be done by cutting out the leaves and applying to a surface. Basswood would be a great wood for this project.

  2. Paul Squillace April 4, 2017 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Hi Mary May, I have watched many of your videos and you are obviously a very talented wood carver. One thing that I have noticed about carving is that I can do a mediocre carving, but bringing it to the very good level is difficult. It involves paying attention to small details and very subtle curves. It would be helpful to me, if you could discuss these details more in your videos. You do this some already, but more discussion would be helpful. Anyway, thanks for your help. Paul

    • Mary May April 4, 2017 at 11:19 pm - Reply

      Hi Paul,
      Thanks for your suggestion. I will make a point of focusing on this more in the lessons. It really ends up being a result of time with gouges in hand. The more you carve, the more natural it becomes to make that final surface.

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