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Carving a rose style flower

I am trying to carve a rose style flower where the inner petals sort of fold over the center forming a type of cup or hollow.  I can't figure it out in a shallow carving.  Could this be a lesson from Mary?  Hopefully everyone is staying healthy.. All this social distancing is giving us a lot of carving time.

Hi Steve,

Yes, I've been carving more over the past few weeks than I have in the past few months.

You will probably need some tiny spoon bent gouge to get into the "hole" of this. One of the lessons that might help is the Fruit and Flower Basket lesson that has a lot of really delicate areas: https://www.marymaycarving.com/carvingschool/2019/06/05/carving-a-fruit-and-flower-basket/

Have fun!

That's a lesson I haven't watched yet.  I will now. I am also having difficulty getting the leaf to turn up and over.  The "over" part doesn't seem to flow into the rest of the leaf.

Have a happy Easter


Hi Steve,

Sometimes making this curling leaf in clay helps to visualize how it should be shaped. Any clay will work, as long as it holds together well.