This is a fairly open design that would look too simple if it were reproduced in a larger format, such as a single rose on the face of a lute, but here the appearance is lacy and elegant because of its small size. The diameter of each of the larger pair of roses only measure 68 mm. The smaller, single rose is 61 mm. The design is composed of two smaller concentric circles inside the larger diameter of the entire design. A series of repeating arcs based on the division of the whole into sixteen parts fills out the design. The leaf and bud motif gives it an organic touch.
I drew the design about 50% larger than size that I would need in order gauge the thickness of the individual elements. Then I reduced copies of it to the size that I needed on a photocopier.
Once I had the rose pattern finished I still wasn't ready to begin carving. Triple roses are usually laid out so that the decorative surrounding rings inter-connect. This takes some careful calculation and adjustment of the compass. You can appreciate the exactness that is necessary in the closeup photo of my finished rose. Note too, that there is no marks in the center of the roses from the compass point. Many surviving historical lutes show thee blemishes. I wanted to avoid them. The center photo demonstrates my technique.
The last photo shows that I am well under way. I have finished scoring the interlocking rings, glued the small rose pattern in place and done some rose carving. Next time I'll talk about the tools, explain some carving techniques and talk about the ever present problems and pitfalls.