The Art of Carving an Acanthus Leaf with Mary May August 1 - 5, 2022

about this workshop

This beginning carving class will dive deep into the art of the traditional acanthus leaf seen so often in historical architecture, furniture and design. This class will begin with the very basics of woodcarving that will cover grain direction, safety, and how to properly use long-handled, traditional woodcarving tools. Class time will be spent studying, drawing and carving a variety of different historical acanthus leaf designs with each project building and growing knowledge, design and carving techniques.

Unique Instructor Mary May

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$895 tuition + $65 materials

Key Points:
*Beginning woodcarving techniques
*How to use traditional, long-handled gouges
*How to carve in the correct grain direction
*Tool sharpening
*Studying the traditional acanthus leaf design
*How to draw different acanthus leaves
*How to carve different historical leaf designs
*How to draw and carve unique acanthus designs

Workshop Days: Monday to Friday
Instruction Time: 8:00am – 6:00pm (EST)
Note: During the work week, the shop remains open after 6:00 p.m. for handwork, design, research, catch-up work and socializing.



The Art of Carving an Acanthus Leaf with Mary May August 1 - 5, 2022


Availability: Open

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