I’ve decided that the best thing for me to do is carve the projects that I want to do for my own fine art and bring you along for the ride. What that means is there’s going to be a lot more gourd carving done. And this is the first project I’m going to share with you.
I got a beautiful gourd that has a unique shape that I am really excited to use. When I first was thinking about this gourd, and looking at it the thought of carving acanthus leaves came to mind. That is what stood out to me that would be a very nice carving to put on this particular gourd.
Acanthus leaves come in many many different versions depending on the period and century that you reference.
There is a long history of using the acanthus leaf and many different variations and versions of it. Throughout history the acanthus leaf has been used in architecture as a visually appealing element of design and style. This same acanthus leaf can be used in other forms as adornment, design, or the focus of a carving.
As I got thinking about what version I would like to do I drew some quick sketches. This was to help me decide on just how much detail I wanted to add to this carving. This was important for me to decide before I ever touched a burr to the gourd.
Once I did some sketching I settled on a nice flowing acanthus leaf with a great bit of potential detail that I can add to it. This will allow me to create the look that I see in my mind, and also be able to use the gourd to its best potential.
I am focusing on the gourd carving itself initially, but the way in which I will carve this gourd will require that I make a stand for it as well. I am keeping this in mind as I progress through each step of this initial design process. I want to ensure that the final carving has the appeal and impact I am looking for.
As I go throughout this carving I will keep you updated and share some images and tips along the way.
I hope you enjoy this carving process and what I do with this gourd.