Tudor Rose Box
This is a box made of pine that I got cheaply from a local hardware store. The carvings were of tudor roses which generally have a similar pattern. There are numerous variations of Tudor roses, i simply chose the simpler ones because I am still very new to wood carving.
First I printed the designs out, and then traced them onto the timber. The carving was all done using about 3 different chisels. about 90% of the word was done using one curved back chisel, and to do the detail work and get into tight corners, I ground a small screwdriver into a chisel to cut the finer details.
The box was finished with several coats of clear water based polyurethane. Carving exposes a lot of end grain, so I did not want to use any stain on this. If I used stain, it might have absorbed very strongly into the carved areas, making them look blotchy and dark.
Unfortunately I did not take many build photos, but these show a few stages in the process. For example I like to start at the centre and work out, but the flower petals can be quite challenging and tiring to do, so when I want to take a break I move to hogging out the material around the periphery.