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1 Drawing & First Cuts

A little geometry goes a long way in ornamental carving!

This carving is technically known as a 'patera': a radiating, usually symmetrical, design with a strong centre point. I think 'rosette' will do just as well. You often see them at corners where they function to create a natural right angle change of direction - for example between the frieze and pilasters of a fire surround; the block at the top of table or chair legs; or the corners of a mirror. Do look out for them.

Whether very simple or quite complicated, I do find the design of rosettes or patera, pleasing. Hope you do too!

For subscribing members, below is my working drawing and tool list for the Rosette, as a PDF.

Wood: 5 1/2in. (140mm) square x 1in. (25mm) thick.

Subscriber download: Rosette Working Drawings And Tools


| 26 June 2020 12:46

Iain - The carving is probably 6-8mm (1/4-3/16in.) at its deepest so, yes, any wood thicker than that will take the work. I guess that's the bottom line: as long as you don't go through!
You could certainly hang 16mm wood: A simple hole drilled in the back at an angle (don't do through!) will take a nail in the wall.
Or mount it on a broader piece of different coloured wood to act as a frame?

| 22 June 2020 20:24

Hi Chris, should I be able to follow your guidance on the Rosette project if I have 16mm thick lime? I am aware that I may not be able to hang it up afterwards.

I find your approach very helpful.
Many thanks
Iain (novice crafter)

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