Thursday, November 5, 2009
Another Acanthus leaf study
Kindel Furniture specializes in carvings for furniture. And the majority of those seem to be acanthus leaves or shells. So tonight, I decided to re-familiarize myself with the age old favorite from the old architectural carving files. However! Instead of working in a piece of scrap oak or pine, I decided to purchase a small piece of Maple to work on. ( Hey! It was on SALE!) It was a small piece( so I can take it with me to the interview) I had to elongate the pattern so it would fit on a 1.5 inch section. ( rather smaller than what I usually do) Well, the first attempt, I tried to play it with no power tools, just chisels. It didn't like the results and it seemed to take a LONG time. The next one, I used the router to set it down 1/4 inch and I think it turned out much better. I know I still have to clean it up a bit in the corners and background, but I like it. I'm not sure if they sand it smooth or just leave it with the chisel finish. One thing is for sure. I need to resharpen my chisels! I lightly touched them up for the tree carvings, however, when dealing with smaller detail, I can see that they are not as sharp as they once were. So I'll probably be slaving this weekend to get them micro keen. It's always good to have scary sharp chisels anyway. Enjoy!