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"Carving a Scroll Acanthus Leaf" Onlay Application

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Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 02-16-2010 12:36 AM 16113 reads 25 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s about time! We finally got a good job with a lot of carving. It’s a three piece bedroom set. The style is close to the early Victorian Period. Their are 4 Scroll Acanthus leaf’s that I designed, two that go on the bed and two that go on the dresser. Now I am starting on the 8 turned legs with acanthus leaf carvings on them. All the carvings are out of solid cherry.

Here are 33 pictures, on how to carve this type of “Architectural Ornament onlay application”. If you are carving something similar are would like to carve this Scroll Acanthus Leaf. Please feel free to ask me any questions. Thanks for looking.

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-- Dennis Zongker



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F Dudak

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#1 posted 02-16-2010 12:55 AM

Piece of Cake!!!!LOL Thanks for the post Dennis I love seeing carvings take shape, you make it look so easy. I haven’t done much carving but enjoyed carving knuckles on Windsor chairs.

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#2 posted 02-16-2010 01:00 AM

Wow! Very nice.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#3 posted 02-16-2010 01:15 AM

Very nice. Loved the progression. Thanks. What kind of wood is it?

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#4 posted 02-16-2010 01:24 AM

... Yet another blog I must favorite and follow. Thanks for taking the time to make the demo.

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#5 posted 02-16-2010 01:26 AM

The pictures explained the process very well. If there was a paper quiz after the class, I would get most of them.

Any grade for matching your carving quality wouldn’t pass me to the next class.

Steve.

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#6 posted 02-16-2010 01:30 AM

Oh!!!! Is that all there is to it? In a masters hand, even the pictures make it look easy. Great job Dennis.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#7 posted 02-16-2010 01:32 AM

Hi Dennis,

Thanks so much for posting this. I like to carve but I haven’t done it enough to be any good. I’ll save this and come back to it when the time comes.

Take care,

Bothus

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#8 posted 02-16-2010 01:50 AM

Wow, love the progression. I’m glad it’s you though and not me. I might struggle through one but to make 4 of them – well that’s for the professionals!
Congrats on getting some nice work.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#9 posted 02-16-2010 02:12 AM

Very interesting! Thanks for taking the time to photograph each step.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Chips

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#10 posted 02-16-2010 02:47 AM

I have carved a acanthus leaves in pine basswood and walnut. The walnut carved the best. Unlike you i did not use the pattern to relocate the inter carvings. All three of the above were the same pattern, but they don’t look alike. I learned more from your post than the DVD I purchased. Thanks for posting. Can’t wait to see the finished project.

Any tips on carving cherry. I tried on a small piece and decided it could only be power carved.

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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#11 posted 02-16-2010 03:22 AM

Nice blog, thanks

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 02-16-2010 03:27 AM

Boy O Boy Dennis, you made that look easy.
I’ve tried carving a little but I’m about 1000 levels below you.
I have to watch this project take shape!

Glad you got the nice commission.

Thanks for sharing.

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Grumpy

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#13 posted 02-16-2010 03:36 AM

Greaty blog Dennis & excellent result. Those pictures certainly tell the story

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 02-16-2010 05:41 AM

sounds like a nice commission. I’m sure I’ll have a heart attach the day someone wants me to include hand carvings on a commissioned piece. Looks well done. Thanks for sharing

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#15 posted 02-16-2010 07:39 AM

Amazing work! I so wish I had the patience do carving like that.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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