Yesterday I spent a good deal of time messing with my rosette carving. I wanted something unique, I was leaning toward a floral which is what I ended up with. I wanted something I could show how to carve without a ton of chisels. I was also looking for something a beginner could lay out and could be done by a beginning carver. Typically in a floral, there is a lot of
emphasis placed on the pedals, I didnt want this to be super busy and I wanted the pedals to be distinct and in the forefront. I played with keeping the pedals smooth to match the overall theme of this piece where there are a lot of flat smooth surfaces. Here is what I came up with.
It’s a very simple turning to get the face shape and then do the carving. I will do a little video on carving this as soon as our new player is up. Here is the thing I want you to get….this is not difficult.
Takes a little practice, but it really isnt hard, I surely didn’t get it on my first try. I had several blanks turned to play with and went through different chisels to get the pedal size and things like that,. I promise you can do it. One place I cheated was that I used a dremel to “stipple” the center and back ground of the outer edges. I think this will look very nice on this highboy.
I know that this highboy with all the trimmings is something a lot of you wouldn’t take on, but perhaps its something you would like to be able to do, that’s why we are here, and that’s why we put all this up. Let’s consider it a goal and from the bottom of my heart, I promise you will be able to do it.
The beginning of February, when our players and new web site are up, we will begin a journey from the very basics to the higher end stuff. I really want to focus a lot on the new folks and the youth, someone has to. With noted exception to the internet, there is virtually nothing, so I guess it’s up to us. I’m going to do it and I would hope that all of you guys who have been at this for years, there are alot of you, will join me, I’m counting on you and so are they.
It’s Saturday and I hope you find some time to get into your shop and get a saw dust fix….it will make your whole week better…. Later Ya’ll