Large basswood acanthus corbel
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.