Acanthus Leaves for a Bath Vanity

Here is a quick project I recently completed. The designer came up with the overall design for the vanity and I designed the carvings. Another company did the actual glue up of the pieces ( in pine ) , shipped them to me and I simply carved them and shipped them back. Depth is approx. 1/4 inch.

Here is the completed curved face of the vanity. It’s approx. 10″ high X 32″ wide.


Here are the legs which are 3″ wide glued up blocks. The area for carving is 2 1/2″ X 20″







Just some close up shots.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. dorisfiebig
    Jul 08, 2012 @ 23:55:42

    hi mark, beautifully carved, in a difficult wood,, i have carved some in pine, as you know, and the softness and the long fibres made it difficult wood for me. though it is possible… why did they choose pine, i wonder ? for carvings the patterns of the wood are quite strong, and also visible in your carvings which seem not yet be stainted or oiled… just wondering, as letting make a bath vanity is certainly pricy as several parties are involved, so pine looks the last i would choose (the only point speaking for pine is the price (at least here in germany, but its not a durable wood)… nevertheless, i enjoy to see how well you were able to carve this wood, with a relatively simple design, to give it a feel of lightness and airyness. i like it 🙂


  2. bobeaston
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 00:40:18

    Complete agreement with Doris. Maybe the pine you carved is better than what we find in the Northeast US, but I find it very unpleasant for fine carving. … and why would anyone want to make furniture that will be kept in a humid place from pine? Maybe they’re going to paint it, or stain it very dark?

    Discounting the pine itself, the pattern and execution are gorgeous!


  3. markyundt
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 20:12:23

    Yes, these items tend to be quite pricey along with the price of the homes in general. Kitchens running in excess of quarter million and up.
    I am from the Northeast and this is the typical pine I’ve carved several times for several homes.I never have had a problem with it even when carving extreme detail much finer than what I’ve done here. Carves very nicely as long as you have decently sharp chisels.If you have a difficult time carving it,, your chisels are dull.The legs were essentially end grain and it carved easily with, against or across the grain. If you look on page 2 of my gallery you can see some pine feet that are only 5 X 7 with some fairly small detail which is clean as far as cuts/detail goes. Like I said, sharp chisels go a long way. The softer the wood, the sharper the chisels have to be.
    Regardless how dark or light it gets stained will have no bearing on how it holds up. It may be a bit soft but once finished it should be just fine. Besides , these generally aren’t the type of bathrooms most are familiar with as far as wear and tear goes. Some tend to be quite large and with proper ventilation humidity isn’t a problem. Not like it’s in a sauna or something.
    Then too with homes like these, and the designers involved they are functional but esthetics tend to take precedent over practicality and you’re building a showplace. Durability isn’t really an issue either as how much wear and tear must it endure? Very little. It just basically sits there. Many entry/exterior doors on the other hand have been made of a variety of pines over the past decades and they hold up just fine being exposed to the weather and wear and tear. A bath vanity doesn’t come close.


  4. Roseanne Amano
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 00:59:41

    Beautiful work !


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