Anyway, this is a five petal flower cut in a piece of old poplar I had lying around. Here it is about half done. All together it took me about 2 1/2 hours. (I was being very careful and deliberate. (Dave Diaman
could probably build three lowboys in the same amount of time.) The basic shape took me about an hour to rough in on Wednesday night.
I like this design particularly because I recognize it from my travels. I don't think most woodworkers realize the historical significance of this design. I've visited the small medieval town of Cesky Krumlov in the southwest Czech Republic twice. When visiting southern Bohemia, you will hear endless stories of the Rosenberg family ('Rožmberk' in Czech). They were the real power in eastern Europe for about 300 years, and their castle and town at Cesky Krumlov is just about one of the most beautiful places on earth. And their family crest is the five petal 'rose' in red. You can see it in a mural [url=]here[/url] and it is all over their castles at Krumlov and Ledniçe, and basically everywhere in Bohemia.
In most places, it's a simpler design, without the interpetal leaves and with a simpler petal edge than the one shown in that mural. It's over every entranceway, on the ceilings, carved into the woodwork, and painted onto the outside of buildings from central Germany, through the Czech Republic, down into central Austria.
The town and river just below Krumlov Castle at Cesky Krumlov
Adriana along the river in Cesky Krumlov
I finished it last night. (Most of my current woodworking requires me to give up sleep hours. There just isn't any other time to work.)
In any case, I'm mostly pleased with how this turned out. I'm hoping I can start adding carved elements to my pieces now. They have been entirely too rectilinear and plain up to this point, and could use the extra points of interest. But I definitely need more practice. I think I'll try a shell next, and then an acanthus leaf pattern.