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1 Practice

Our project consists of a very simple, square little carving; in many ways similar to the corner leaves you'll find elsewhere on the site.

On its own, it's not much. However, start repeating it and you get a lovely band of decoration. I don't show it here but if you stack such bands together you'd cover a surface with 'tiles', even a quilt - try it! In this lesson I go through the individual blossom 'unit' step by step to practice.

For subscribing members, my working drawing and tool list for the Blossom Pattern is below. I've included a strip of blossom units such as I printed, cut out and stuck on the wood of the actual project.

Subscriber download: Blossom Pattern Tool List (PDF)


| 03 November 2020 00:53

Thank you Chris Pye for the well explained lesson on how to carve this simple blossom. I was so frustrated yesterday because I was carving this incorrectly. I rewatched the videos and I was able to carve this blossom today.

| 05 January 2018 07:56

Dylan - Well spotted! I wish there was some deep, esoteric reason to share with you but I'm afraid it's a lot more mundane. I have 2 tools that are very similar and I needed some way to differentiate them. And guess what was lying on the bench...?
It's the only tool I have like with a brass tack, which is quite comfortable. I never use a mallet on this tool so it's no problem.

| 04 January 2018 15:47

Hi Chris, this is a bit of a silly question, but I noticed that you have, what seems to me a brass thumb tack on the end of the chisel you use in this video. Why ?
Rgds Dylan

| 20 October 2014 15:31

Very nicely timed. I just visited the Met last week, and there was a Mahogany folding screen from 1885 that I saw in the Visible Storage area that has a similar pattern. The screen is done on the diagonal, with no space between like yours, but is very similar in shape. This helps me visualize the steps to reproduce that screen pattern.

| 20 October 2014 13:28

Nice! Thank you.
Raja Atiyah

| 20 October 2014 10:06

Oh my goodness!!!!! What a way to learn wood carving of special projects. So glad I found Wood Carving Workshops videos.

George Cates
Bergman, Arkansas

| 17 October 2014 02:11

Thank you! Love it!

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