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Carving an American Rococo Acanthus Frieze – Episode 4

This is the fourth of six episodes for "Carving an American Rococo Acanthus Frieze," Part 4 of the "Colonial Charleston Fireplace" series. We can start detailing the second half of the acanthus because I've sped up the shaping process as it is similar to the first half.

2018-03-05T12:42:26+00:00 July 26th, 2017|

Carving an American Rococo Acanthus Frieze – Episode 3

This is the third of six episodes for "Carving an American Rococo Acanthus Frieze," Part 4 of the "Colonial Charleston Fireplace" series. In this episode, we will complete the shaping of the first major leaf and give some attention to that unusual leaflet before moving on to the second half of the carving.

2018-03-05T12:43:34+00:00 July 19th, 2017|

Carving a Scroll & Rosette – Episode 2

This it the second and final episode for "Carving a Scroll & Rosette," Part 5 of the "Colonial Charleston Fireplace" series. The depth of the oblong rosette is deceptive. You can get some wonderful shadow and dimension with a combination of well placed texture lines and subtle shaping.

2018-03-05T17:36:10+00:00 December 27th, 2017|

Carving a Butterfly on a Flower – Episode 2

This is the second of three episodes for "Carving a Butterfly on a Flower." We will begin to shape the flower and then flip the piece over for some extreme undercutting to give the petals and the wings a more delicate appearance.

2017-11-06T09:53:40+00:00 November 15th, 2017|

Carving a Cornucopia – Episode 3

This is the third and final episode for "Carving a Cornucopia." This episode focuses primarily on the grapes. Each little fruit needs to look three dimensional on it's own but they are also layered in clusters to keep the whole bunch from looking flat. Finally, I'll show you how I finish the piece.

2017-10-18T11:54:18+00:00 November 1st, 2017|

Carving a Cornucopia – Episode 2

This is the second of three episodes for "Carving a Cornucopia." It's all about layers. There's a lot to keep track of, especially when you're working at a depth of just 1/8". Carve down the underlying edges and then work on the highest items first, but be careful not to go too deep.

2017-10-25T20:23:22+00:00 October 25th, 2017|