||Carved wooden corbels are an elegant addition to any room, regardless
of their location. They are available in a variety of designs,
many of which are drawn from architectural styles of past generations
and even past civilizations. Grape clusters, oak leaf clusters
and acanthus leaves are among the available choices. One
of the perennial favorites is the shell corbel, a suitable choice
for any home or interior remodel that is nautically oriented. Wooden
corbels can be either stained or painted. All of them are
produced in hardwood, which makes stain a good choice when they
are used in conjunction with a fireplace mantel or shelving.
Shell corbels essentially use a scalloped shell as the centerpiece
of the carving. The sides of a shell corbel may not involve
shells at all, but may instead be decorated with wide scrolling at
the top and smaller scrolling at the bottom. In between there
is usually carved curvatures that create a broad filigree effect.