And now with added tudor roses (footnote to new headers post).


Tudor rose badge from the Pelican Portrait of Elizabeth I of England

“When Henry VII took the crown of England from Richard III in battle (1485), he brought about the end of the Wars of the Roses between the House of Lancaster (which used the badge of a red rose) and the House of York(which used a white-rose badge). Henry’s father was Edmund Tudor from the House of Richmond, and his mother was Margaret Beaufort from the House of Lancaster; in January 1486 he married Elizabeth of York to bring all factions together. (In battle, Richard III fought under the banner of the boar, and Henry under the banner of the dragon of his native Wales.) The white rose/red rose idea was a Tudor invention.[1] The historian Thomas Penn writes:


The “Lancastrian” red rose was an emblem that barely existed before Henry VII. Lancastrian kings used the rose sporadically, but when they did it was often gold rather than red; Henry VI, the king who presided over the country’s descent into civil war, preferred his badge of the antelope. Contemporaries certainly did not refer to the traumatic civil conflict of the 15th century as the “Wars of the Roses”. For the best part of a quarter-century, from 1461 to 1485, there was only one royal rose, and it was white: the badge of Edward IV. The roses were actually created after the war by Henry VII.[1]


On his marriage, Henry VII adopted the Tudor rose badge conjoining the white rose of York and the red rose of Lancaster. The Tudor rose is occasionally seen divided in quarters (heraldically as “quartered”) and vertically (in heraldic terms per pale) red and white.[2] More often, the Tudor rose is depicted as a double rose,[3] white on red and is always described, heraldically, as “proper”.” – Wikipedia.


I think the official tudor rose may just have two sets of petals, and certainly doesn’t have the prickles, or sepals appearing other than on the outer rim.  OK yah, tudor rose has just five petals round, that’s ten in all, not six and eighteen, but I was doing this from memory, and ended up with my take on it.


First I had a trial of how to set it out and form the petals:



Argh! Those concave gouge cuts look convex again! My eye messes my brain up again.


Didn’t like some of this, best at three o’clock.


Started laying out with the dividers:




Struck major pattern with gouges:




Finished layout:




(Only used the ruler as a straight-edge, honest!)






Oh yes, added punching in the central button:




Blog header amended accordingly.


Rather puzzled why I could use the radius to mark out sixths on the circle perimeter, just about.  Thought it would be much less accurate than that.


PS The reason for the plural ‘headers’ will become clear in a couple of weeks when I start forging nails.





This weekend, not making things but riding through woodland

We had a a bike trip for some members of Dales Jam, the community band I play in, from Gargrave in Yorkshire to Arnside in Cumbia. We rode through the Trough of Bowland, which is a particularly beautiful part of England, very unpopulous and unspoilt:

Here’s Dave with enough time in the King of the Mountains points competition to spare to do a bit of sheep wrangling on Hare Appletree Fell, seen from High Moor Jubilee Tower (Jubilee Tower was built by Hare Appletree resident James Harrison, a rich Liverpool shipbuilder, in 1887 to mark Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee).

It was very much a social ride (NOT a race!  That’s what I mostly used to do)  So there was plenty of time for this:

Chat, and this:

Studying walls, while waiting for the peloton to regroup after hills, and more especially this:

Jacob’s join supper at the Youth Hostel in Arnside where we stayed overnight.

Also 4 cafe stops over the two days and 100 miles with lots of cakes, including a Chorley cake for me at Crook o Lune with butter and cheese in the Lancashire traditional way and a side order of Eccles cake.

Along the way there was lots to see and enjoy including:

This is a revisited art installation of 1971 by Simon English , quite a find, by accident.  I’d heard Simon on the radio a little while ago talking about this project.

Also found this outside a church installed in 2001:

And this 1739 sign posts (didn’t see any wild boar though.

Thanks for organising the ride Jon and Kate, and for the company, Dave, Sam, Tom and Helen and for the lifts Jane.  A thoroughly enjoyable weekend’s excercise.

NB all my photos are rubbish phone photos in this post.