Carved in 2001 these corbels are almost 36″ tall and 8″ wide. The four corbels are carved out of basswood and took about three days to carve. They are one of my favorite corbels. I love that the acanthus leaf comes over the side, wrapping around it. The design took a little bit of time. I did a mock-up in modeling clay first. I needed a real reference for the size and dimension of the wood blank I would need to cut out. The more accurately I could cut out the blank, the more time I would save in the carving process. The clay mock-up made it easy to blank out and carve four corbels without costly mistakes and having to buy more wood and re-cut a new blank. In my project gallery you can see the finished corbels and them also during the carving process.
I think in total it took me about three months to carve all the beams. They were reclaimed Douglas fir. I believe they had been an old bridge pulled out of a river back east. I also learned how to sharpen my chisels on this job. The wood was so soft in places and hard in others I had to rethink what sharp was and what the correct angle was. I lost a good inch of my busiest chisel trying to figure out the correct angle.
This is the first armoire I had the chance to design and hand-carved about a year after I started carving in 1998. A client had let me borrow one of her French armoire books. It was full of images showing armories and I fell in love with the design and lines of these beautiful and useful pieces of furniture. The more I have carved them the more I understand the way they thought about design.