Illustrated by Hans Sandom. For thousands of years, the acanthus leaf as a motif has spread through the realms of architecture, decorative items, furniture, marine carvings, signs and frames. While this decorative element is ubiquitous, until now, no one has bothered to describe in writing the process of creating it in detail. Through 254 detailed color photos, 168 line drawings, and step-by-step instructions learn how to draw and transfer patterns; prepare wood; sharpen tools; and carve, detail, and finish your project. Two projects are presented—a breadboard and pierced panel. There is a glossary of technical terms and a gallery of finished examples for further inspiration. This book is a must for every wood carver who wishes to add classical detailing to any project.