Carving a Classical Rosette

2017-04-08T16:55:38-04:00 November 20th, 2012|

final rosette

This lesson shows the technique of drawing this classical rosette, how to carve the basic shape (or you can turn it on a lathe) and how to carve the twirling details of the leaves.

  • Lesson Contents: 4 episodes; template, tool list, and photo available in Episode 1
  • Type of Wood: Mahogany
  • Dimensions: 3"diameter x 1/2"d
  • Tool List: 6mm v-chisel; #3, 6mm; #3, 14mm; #7, 3mm; #7, 10mm; #7, 14mm; #8, 6mm; #11, 3mm
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Consider Using a Casting

It is often very handy having something 3-dimensional in front of you to copy while you carve. Being able to see all the “un-knowables” such as depth, subtle cuts, etc. is tremendously helpful. Photos are not always able to show depth, and quite often shadows create a false illusion of shape. I have a casting available for this lesson. ...HERE...

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  1. William Salveson July 9, 2015 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    I like the drafting compass you use. Where can they be found?

    • Mary May July 9, 2015 at 9:41 pm - Reply

      I am not at home right now to check the brand, but I think it is Staedtler (sp). They seem to be the best suppliers of drafting equipment.

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