Carving an Acanthus Bracket

2018-03-05T12:31:56-05:00 June 14th, 2017|

This is a brief introduction to "Carving an Acanthus Bracket."

This 3 episode lesson is Part 3 of the "Colonial Charleston Fireplace" series and teaches how to carve this decorative acanthus bracket, brace, or corbel. This 1770s reproduction will support a fireplace mantel in a historic Charleston home.

  • Series: Part 3 of the "Colonial Charleston Fireplace"
  • Lesson Contents: 3 episodes; template, tool list, and photo in Episode 1
  • Type of Wood: Mahogany
  • Size: 8-1/4"w x 10-1/2"h x 3"d
  • Tool List: 4mm v-chisel; 6mm v-chisel; #3, 3mm; #3, 6mm; #3, 14mm; #4, 14mm; #5, 14mm; #7, 6mm; #7, 8mm; #7, 10mm; #7, 14mm; #8, 6mm; #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

Stay tuned for the rest of the series!

= More Lessons at the Advanced Skill Level =


  1. Ralph Hausman June 15, 2017 at 1:07 am - Reply

    Fantastic carve …. NOW youre getting into designs I can/will use in our home here in the Tx Hill Country … we have a 2 story “Early American” style house outside and since we’ve moved in 4 yrs ago on retirement we have been trying to redo inside to match outside styles … the whole Colonial Charleston fireplace will fit perfectly on our upstairs/master bedroom fireplace …

    Hope you plan on making casts of this one … if so, please put me down for one asap … just let me know cost of same …. (By the way, thanks for the series on face … now just one or so on Santa Clause???) … r

    • MaryMay June 15, 2017 at 8:46 am - Reply

      Hi Ralph,
      That sounds great! Please add photos to the student gallery as you work through your fireplace carving. Santas, eh? Well… there are a LOT of Santa carvers out there that are much better qualified than I am, and they use those unfamiliar carving tools – called “knives” 🙂 I’ll work on this – maybe something closer to Christmas…

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