Carving Corinthian Acanthus Leaf 1

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I’m sure you already know this. But maybe interesting for the members:

The Acanthus leaf – applied to the various styles. 20 gelatine plates made from a Set of Carvings by Herman A. Lindenberg. (1903)

“…Herman Albert Lindenberg, was a famous artist in sculpting, drawing and design. In Germany he taught as a professor of art and also in the United States. He was knighted by Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany for his accomplishments in sculpting and art work.” …. “After he departed from Germany to the U.S. through Castle Garden, N.Y. in 1884, he settled in St. Louis, Missouri…”


Alexander Grabovetskiy (Administrator) September 21, 2017 at 12:35 am

Thank You, Sergio.
Yes, I am very familiar with work of Herman Lindenberg. Those plates are famous amongst stone and wood Carvers. They represent a true historical development of Acanthus Ornament-Motif

This is fantastic: instead of starting with a carving pattern taken from another source, you are teaching the fundamentals of how to draw each leaf. No other online carving school teaches this. Such a great, empowering gift.

Alexander Grabovetskiy (Administrator) October 6, 2017 at 8:23 pm

Thank You

I find your lessons very informative and helpful! Looking forward to the upcoming lessons!

Alexander Grabovetskiy (Administrator) January 14, 2018 at 9:17 pm

Thank You! Hope You like it!

Hi Alex! Your lessons are really helpful! I’m from Brazil and Basswood is very rare here. Are you familiar with Brazilian woods suitable for carving? I have been used imbuia (Brazilian walnut), cedar (“cedro rosa”) and jack fruit wood. Any advice about dark coloured wood?
Yours sincerely,
Danilo Araújo

Alexander Grabovetskiy (Administrator) May 22, 2020 at 9:21 am

Thank You!
I am not familiar a lot with softer Brazilian woods. I tried to carve ipe wood and it is a very hardwood.

Alexander Grabovetskiy (Administrator) May 22, 2020 at 9:22 am

I am sure cedar or walnut will work just fine.

Thank you!

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