Celtic Tree of Life - Intarsia Woodworking

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Project by Chris Mobley posted 03-04-2013 03:32 PM 4213 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have not given Celtic knotwork much thought in the past when it comes to creating Intarsia pieces until I was asked to do the Celtic Love knotwork piece a while back. The Celtic Love knotwork symbolized everlasting love. Since doing this piece, I have stumbled across a few Celtic symbols that I have really liked and decided to create a pattern for and make. The meanings behind the symbols are beautiful and powerful.
The first of these new designs is this Celtic Tree of Life design. Knotwork is very challenging because there are just so many pieces and each piece has to line up perfectly to keep the lines continuously moving without a stop. I began this piece by creating the backer which is made from pine. I them began cutting out each small piece from walnut and began shaping them.
Then I reassembled the tree. I originally was not going to do any leaves on the tree but I decided to add them afterwards. I did the leaves in cedar to give it a pop of color.
This piece is constructed out of 156 individual pieces.
I think my favorite part of this project is the twisting and turning of the branches and the roots.
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-- Chris Mobley -

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 03-04-2013 04:26 PM

Very nice great detail
This can look good on glass in a lamp as well
Great project

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 03-04-2013 04:29 PM

Very nicely done Chris. I think the subject matter for your design is very unique and very beautiful.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 03-04-2013 04:33 PM

This is a very nice piece. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 03-04-2013 04:41 PM

Ahhh.. I love Celtic knotwork and culture. Beautiful design for a beautiful symbol. Are you going to make more from different woods? walnut always makes me think of a story I read as a kid… ”..never fall asleep under a walnut tree for from it’s roots spring fairies.” I imagine this in Ash as well, but that maybe more norse like… or Apple for “love”. I enjoy trees, for their uses, their biology, and their symbolism to the human animal. Great work.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 03-04-2013 04:42 PM

Quite a beautiful piece! Lots of lovely work here!

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 03-04-2013 09:51 PM

Nice pieces of Art my friend…you nailed this one.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#7 posted 03-05-2013 12:29 AM

Very nice looking.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 03-05-2013 07:11 AM

It’s hard to look in all those knots. I can’t imagine how it was to make them.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Chris Mobley

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#9 posted 03-05-2013 01:22 PM

Thank you everyone. This was truely an awesome project!

-- Chris Mobley -

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