Wood Carving

Tree-of-Life Cross

I recently created a small carving of a Celtic Cross at the request of a friend. I had the end section left over from the board I used to create the Dragestil mantel carving, a particularly lovely piece of Spanish cedar, and it was the perfect size for this project. This photograph shows the cross… Read More Tree-of-Life Cross

Wood Carving

Old Woman of the Night

This carving started because I wanted to express something about owls, snowy owls specifically. I started with a small image of an owl I had created many years ago in a painting – the owl itself measured only 1/2″ in diameter (below, left) – it was a small detail that I thought would work well… Read More Old Woman of the Night

Wood Carving

Irish Hare Wood Carving

I recently completed a carving in butternut wood of an Irish hare (Lepus timidus hibernicus). According to the Hare Preservation Trust: “The Irish hare . . . is the only species of lagomorph [which includes hares, pikas, and rabbits] native to the island of Ireland. Carbon dating of cave fossils has shown that hares were… Read More Irish Hare Wood Carving

Wood Carving

The Marriage Shield

I recently completed a wood carving project to create a Celtic inspired semi-heraldic Marriage Shield as a gift for my spouse. The design incorporates symbols that represented the joining of our two houses, and since we both come from predominantly Irish ancestry, I wanted to create a shield with symbols that were designed in an… Read More The Marriage Shield