Carving a Tudor Rose

2017-07-03T16:57:22-04:00 July 2nd, 2014|

This is a brief introduction to "Carving a Tudor Rose."

This lesson shows how to carve a beautiful and historic Tudor Rose, a traditional, heraldic emblem with roots in the British monarchy. The symbol was adopted by King Henry VII of England, the first monarch from the House of Tudor and last English monarch to win the throne through battle, a fight later known as the War of the Roses. The badge represented the red rose of his maternal lineage in the House of Lancaster with the white rose of his wife Elizabeth's lineage through the House of York from whom Henry had taken the throne in 1485. This is why the badge appears as a double rose, one atop the other.

  • Lesson Contents: 2 episodes; template, tool list, and photo in Episode 1
  • Type of Wood: Basswood
  • Size: 4-1/4"h
  • Tool List: 5 or 6mm v-chisel; #3, 6mm; #4, 18mm; #5, 14mm; #7, 12mm; #8, 6mm
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Casting Available: Having a 3-D reference is tremendously helpful and allows you to get an accurate assessment of the carving's size, shape, and depth.
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  1. Rick Raley October 31, 2014 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    I’m an old tool junkie. If I’m not on a tight deadline – I’ll often set aside my “new” sets (under 50 years old) and get out my antiques – of which I have quite a few – mostly Addis & Herring Bros. – just to keep in “touch” with them. I buy and sell quite a bit and it’s always fun to find a gem that you know you’ll cherish forever!

    • Mary May November 1, 2014 at 10:10 pm - Reply

      Yes Rick. You can’t have too many tools!

  2. Hardin Byars February 25, 2017 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    I recently discovered the joy of woodcarving and am a new annual subscriber to your school. On a business trip, this afternoon I accidentally wandered into an exhibit on woodcarving at the Victoria and Albert Museum here in London. To be sure, there were lots of Tudor Rose and similar examples. I’m even more excited to get back to Atlanta and give this one a go.
    Thanks for sharing your gift and thanks, especially, for your teacher’s heart of encouragement… your transparency is very reassuring to this perfectionist neophyte.

    • Mary May February 25, 2017 at 7:22 pm - Reply

      Thanks Hardin! Please share you finished Tudor Rose on the student gallery!

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