Category Archives: Carve the Acanthus with Mary May

Mary May Now Offering Video Lessons and Resin Study Casts

Can there ever be too many ways of learning to carve acanthus leaves? My new book, “Carving the Acanthus Leaf,” has full and complete step-by-step instructions on how to carve a variety of different historical acanthus leaves using hundreds of … Continue reading

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A Review of ‘Carving the Acanthus Leaf’ by Mary May

When I first stepped into one of Mary May’s architectural woodcarving classes, I had some vague notion of what it would be like to carve wood. Though I had some interest (I’m interested in making just about anything with wood), … Continue reading

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Rosette

This is an excerpt from “Carving the Acanthus Leaf” by Mary May. Various styles of rosettes have been used since the Roman Empire as decorative accents and are often used as appliqués (applied to a surface) to adorn furniture and architectural features. Here … Continue reading

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The History of the Acanthus Leaf in the Decorative Arts

This is an excerpt from “Carving the Acanthus” by Mary May.  Walking through a historical journey of the acanthus leaf has its challenges, as the different art periods often overlap and the styles frequently migrate from country to country. There are numerous volumes written … Continue reading

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Carvers & Compassers: Save This Date

I am pleased to announce that Mary May and George Walker will be at the Lost Art Press storefront on Dec. 9 to celebrate the release of their new books. Mary, the author of “Carving the Acanthus Leaf,” and George, … Continue reading

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‘Carving the Acanthus Leaf’ Available at our Storefront

Thanks to a stroke of good timing, we have two cases of Mary May’s book “Carving the Acanthus Leaf,” which will be for sale at our storefront this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. As always, our Tennessee printing … Continue reading

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‘Carving the Acanthus’ Will Ship Early

We just received word from our printer that “Carving the Acanthus Leaf” by Mary May shipped to our warehouse yesterday, two weeks ahead of schedule. That means our warehouse will receive the books next week and we should be able … Continue reading

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