I’ve got my joinery book just about finished, I have a few things to photograph, and a couple of paragraphs to write. This carving pattern came after I was done writing, so it goes here instead of in the book. It’s a rear stile for a wainscot chair, 3″ wide.
After striking margins and a centerline, I struck the outline of the diamond shape with a broad chisel & mallet.
The inner part of that design is outlined again with the chisel.
These half-circle bits get 2 strikes of this deeply curved gouge. These are stuck to the margin…
Next, I took a large #5 Swiss-made gouge and used it to outline the large rosette. These photos are too close to see, but just about all of this is mallet work.
After outline, then I use the same tool to relieve the bits right around the rosette. Then a smaller #5 to finish removing background.
Inside the rosette, a small circle right in the middle, defined with 3 strikes of a small curved gouge.
Then remove a chip right up against that incised outline to begin hollowing the shape.
Once that rosette is hollowed, I use a very narrow gouge to define the outline of the petals.
Then remove a chip behind the 2 cuts that form the intersection of 2 petals.
Then a straight chisel to connect the parts, to define the edges of the petals.
Here’s a short (amateur) video done with the ipad, warts & all. It shows me carving the diamond/lozenge part: