View Full Version : Parchment Rosettes

07-07-2012, 05:49 AM
Has anyone had a go at this style of Rosette that I found on some classical Lutes.. i'ts beyond my skills.:(

The Big Kahuna
07-07-2012, 05:58 AM
That looks like carved Ivory.

Liam Ryan
07-07-2012, 01:14 PM
My Nanna used to keep them under her vases.

07-07-2012, 01:17 PM
That looks like carved Ivory.
It does, but it's just paper. Whoever did this has way more time and skill on his hands than I will ever have.

Kevin Waldron
07-07-2012, 01:19 PM
Are you familiar with Chris at Hanalei Moon? ( Look at his home page )

He does a some of these..... http://www.hanalei-moon.com/index.html


07-07-2012, 04:36 PM
Looks Like 3-D scherenschnitte. Make me hunch over and twitch just looking at it.

07-07-2012, 05:57 PM
Those are paper tornavoz inserts. Here's a great explanation:


07-07-2012, 05:59 PM
Looks Like 3-D scherenschnitte. Make me hunch over and twitch just looking at it.

Ditto. I did scherenschnitte in 4-H club. Tedious.

The Big Kahuna
07-07-2012, 08:18 PM
It does, but it's just paper. Whoever did this needs to get out more.

Fixed. No charge.

Michael N.
07-08-2012, 12:34 AM
I've made many. They are made from thin sheepskin Parchment. The most efficient way of making them is to use punches. For the round holes, punches are readily available. It's all the other odd shapes that you have to fabricate your own. For the first rosette I think I made around 30 special punches, a thankless task in itself.
It is possible to use a scalpel but obviously much more time consuming. . . and they consume enough time anyway.
I prefer the look of the mixed wood/parchment rosettes.



07-09-2012, 02:10 PM
How fragile are these? I'm surprised they have survived over time.

Michael N.
07-09-2012, 10:21 PM
Pretty fragile. You can't exactly go punching a finger through one. Being made of Parchment though means that the material will last hundreds (perhaps thousands) of years. Some of the originals are perfectly intact at some 350 years old.

07-10-2012, 06:03 AM
here's a photoblog of a man's first experience building one of these: