Guild of Oregon Woodworkers

7634 SW 34th Avenue Portland, OR 97219

Interest List- Carving an Acanthus Leaf

  • 31 Jul 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • The Guild Shop



INTEREST LIST - not a class (yet)

Carving an Acanthus Leaf.

      Instructor- Chuck Rinehart or Mary May

Carving an Acanthus leaf teaches you many skills that can be applied to other forms of carving.  The leaf itself comes in many styles, and has evolved over at least two thousand years and many are stylized forms of an ideal, even though you can find actual leaves in gardens in Portland.

We have two possibilities for teaching - one with Chuck Rinehart and the other with Mary May.

Chuck Rinehart has now taught this class several times for us, and has taught it many times before at his former club in Rochester, NY.  His design is quite challenging and was developed by his mentor, a British Master Carver named Ian Agrell.  This is a three week class, which was originally part of the six week Introduction to Classical Carving class, but we broke that into two sequences of three weeks each, the Foundations class and one on the Acanthus leaf.

Mary May is coming in October 2019 to teach two, two-day classes and there is a possibility she can include one of her thirteen different styles into one of the classes.  She wrote a comprehensive book on carving these designs, and a copy is in the Guild library.  For an extra fee, you can also watch or download detailed videos at her online school.

There is a fairly large set of tools that are required and some sets are available to rent from the Guild at a cost of about $75 (TBD), if you don't have or don't want to invest in your own tools at this time.

Chuck's class will be three sessions, each four hours, spaced every other week for you to do the required homework.

COST of the class is $180, including materials, but not the tools. It's free to sign up on this interest list.  

You must have prior carving experience with mallet-capable tools, nominally Chuck's Foundations of Classical Carving.

If you have any questions, please contact Larry Wade at

Please register online.

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