acanthus leaves are always fun to carve, and this one was no exception. the design i used is a classical one, and i saw one version carved as pierced relief from mark. i liked his leaf, and so i made mine, only much smaller. this is only 18 x 12 cm and 1 cm deep. and, as it is so small, i did cut out everything just with a fretsaw. it looks like a lot of work, afterall there are more than 20 little openings to cut, but is was rather quick in fact.
so, here is an image how the journey began,,, glueing the drawing onto the wood, and then sawing away the background :