The Acanthus Leaf

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Carving the Acanthus Leaf
This book is now available for Sale through Lost Art Press
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Resin castings of original carvings that coincide with chapters 4 through 16 of my book are now available in my store.

“The long history of the acanthus leaf in decorative arts and architecture can be traced back to ancient Greece. It was embraced by the Roman Empire, passed through the Byzantine Empire and the Middle Ages, and was rediscovered with a new vitality during the Renaissance and Baroque periods. It has remained through the years as perhaps the most commonly carved decorative element throughout history. Students of classical, Western ornament will discover that learning how to design, shape, and incorporate this motif into their designs is a true rite of passage. Whether a professional woodworker, architect, hobbyist, designer, or one simply captivated by classical design and ornamentation, there is much to discover about this mysterious and enduring leaf.” Chapter 1

After a three-year journey, my Carving the Acanthus Leaf book is now at the printers and is due to be in print towards the end of November. Time to celebrate! If you pre-order, you will receive a downloadable pdf file that you can view immediately.

Christopher Schwarz and his gang of editors and designers of Lost Art Press have been amazing and patient through this process, as I obsessed over the fine details. I never knew so much happened behind-the-scenes in this book writing process.

To find out more about the book, you can read recent blog posts from Lost Art Press and my blog. Read an in-depth and encouraging book review by Bob Easton here. The direct book sales page also has a description and review of the book.

I am currently finishing up video lessons that go with the 13 different acanthus leaf designs in my book. These will be available for purchase after the book is in print.

Please note: These video lessons are not included in the cost of the book and will not a part of my Online Carving School. Premium Members of my online school will have an option to purchase these lessons at a discount.

Several people have asked me if they could have a signed copy of my book once it is in print. What an honor! Thank you.

These are the options:

Option 1: Once you receive your book, send it to me with a check for the return mailing cost, and I will mail it back after signing it.

Mary May
1082 River Rd
Johns Island, SC 29455

If you send it in a brown box (not Priority Mail) and say that it is "book rate" it should be the least expensive. They say as long as there isn't any letter with it, it can be sent book rate (but a little note shouldn't hurt).

Option 2: Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to me at the same address. I will send a signed sticker that you can place in the book.

Option 3: Show up at Lost Art Press on December 9 for the Book Launch celebration (along with George Walker and Jim Tolpin for their new book "From Truth to Tools").

Option 4: Show up at any class or show I will be in next year and I would be happy to meet you in person and sign the book.

Option 5: Stop by my shop in Charleston, South Carolina and say Hi!

This Book Contains:

  • History and background of the acanthus leaf
  • Getting started with woodcarving
  • Process of carving specific details of acanthus leaves
  • Personal stories relating to my life as a woodcarver
  • Step-by-step process of how to draw 13 unique leaf designs
  • Step-by-step process of how to carve 13 unique leaf designs
  • Full-size or scaled template of each leaf design
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