One of the best investments we made in our home was a hand-carved wood fireplace mantel. This treasured piece with relief sculptures of oak leaves and acorns gives the feel of a mountain lodge to our family/game room downstairs.
Relief carving is a sculptural technique where the sculpted elements remain attached to a solid background of the same material. It gives the impression that the sculpted material has been raised above the background plane.
The artisan is Burt McDonald of McDonald Fine Wood Working & Carving in Layton, Utah. McDonald, seen in this picture carving decorative moldings for the temple built by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brigham City, Utah, is a true artisan and known by many designers. He does a lot of work in Park City and Sun Valley and is the Wasatch Front's little-known secret.
One tip if you're looking for hand carved pieces is the depth of the relief. Rather than surface carving, I prefer higher relief carving with a deeper undercut - preferably an inch and a half.
Fireplace mantels increase the beauty and quality of your home. Depending on the style of your home, investing in a piece by a master carver like this is something that will be prized and appreciated in the future.
We are working on several upgrades and projects around our home that I'll be sharing soon, plus tips for surviving remodeling projects. It's been great for Spring cleaning and dejunking around our house.
What new projects are you working on at your home? If you have any suggestions or ideas to help others, please leave a comment. I would love to hear from you. Have a great week!