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This is a Celtic knot that was published by Dave Western in the Sept/Oct issue of Woodcarving magazine. Modifications are more rounded ends and I won’t be using the screw eyes and wire ends. It will be tied through the outermost loops- that’s how the wife wants it, and it’s hers, for her birthday, last month. Mahogany with satin shellac. She wanted it shiny, that’s what she got. I’d’ve made it less glossy, myself.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer





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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 12-24-2019 03:17 AM

Love the varied knots. This one is more complex than most. My wife walked across the room to look when she saw the pic. Ohhhhhhh.

Did you scroll out the openings, or carve it all?

Oh yeah, winner winner chicken dinner award goes out to you.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 12-24-2019 04:49 AM

Thanks! I drilled the holes and then used a scroll saw to open them further. Then the band saw was used to generate the curvature on the front, and the carving was done. I cheated and hollowed out the back using the stationary belt sander. I wasn’t going to try using the band saw for that or hand held carving chisels. I’d have maimed myself, for sure.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#3 posted 12-24-2019 03:59 PM

A patient man you are!

Great work and dedication to your craft.

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#4 posted 12-24-2019 08:48 PM


A patient man you are!

Great work and dedication to your craft.

- splintergroup


Thanks! Patience is right! I made two of the blanks while I was at it. I was showing my wife the different finishes that I could put on it- Satin Shellac, matte lacquer and wipe-on poly on the back of the other blank. I’m kind of glad she chose the shellac, because I could spray that easily. When asked if I was going to carve the other blank, I told her I have a friend who can have it! That’s more work than I’d want to to again, in front of the scroll saw.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#5 posted 12-25-2019 02:23 AM

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#6 posted 12-25-2019 02:39 AM

Thanks!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#7 posted 12-25-2019 08:12 AM

It’s even hard to look at it ….not to mention to make it…great work!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 12-25-2019 03:38 PM



It s even hard to look at it ….not to mention to make it…great work!

- Ivan

Thanks, it’s kind of like a puzzle. I’d hate to think about weaving one from plant. It was easier to drill holes, I think!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#9 posted 12-26-2019 01:41 AM

This reminds me of a somewhat simpler Celtic knot pendant I carved for my grand-daughter:

Sycamore, about 2 inches across.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#10 posted 12-26-2019 01:46 AM

Nice! That stuff can be a challenge to make look right. That’s why I went with an existing idea.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#11 posted 03-12-2020 07:01 AM

Yes Steven, these are challenging, but that is one reason why I enjoy seeing carvings like this being created. Also fun to carve.
Well done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#12 posted 03-12-2020 03:06 PM

Thanks, John!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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