Wedding Benediction in " Doric"

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Project by Colin posted 10-24-2013 10:48 AM 2860 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to carve a wedding Benediction by two sisters who are both getting married within the next six months, one in November and one in April. They asked me to carve the wedding blessing as a gift for the minister who conducts his ceremonies in ” Doric”.

In our part of the world, North East of Scotland, our spoken English is a dialect called “Doric” (

The English version would be

May the God of peace guard the door of your house and the doors of your hearts,
May the road rise to meet you and the light of the sun stand at your shoulders,
May the love of God guard you and shelter you all your days. So let it be.

As always the hardest part for me was coming up with the design surrounding the text. I fretted over this for a month before I settled on the leaf pattern shown. I had sketched lots of tracing paper border designs but none of them looked right. (I had to make a decision as the first wedding is in two weeks) Eventually the solution was shown to me when I was researching a Wayne Barton book which showed a version of the incised foliage pattern on a jewellery box.

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#1 posted 10-24-2013 03:49 PM

Beautiful craftsmanship and a very sweet veres. I really like the leaf pattern you chose for the border. I think it really completes the piece!

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#2 posted 10-24-2013 04:13 PM

This is so nicely done. Beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 10-24-2013 05:01 PM

Absolutely beautiful design and execution. The leaf pattern works so well, nicely carved. How large is the piece?

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#4 posted 10-24-2013 05:04 PM

Very, very nicely done!

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#5 posted 10-24-2013 05:39 PM

Scots wha hae, weel din auld sur!

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#6 posted 10-25-2013 12:18 AM

Very nice. Did you also custom-make the frame ?

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#7 posted 10-25-2013 03:06 AM


That’s really lovely. It is laid out very nicely and the border is a perfect complement. We’re certain the girls are more than satisfied and the minister should be delighted. Thanks for sharing.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 10-25-2013 08:40 AM

Thanks everyone for your comments, Ron the piece is 31” by 13”. RandyH, yes I did make the frame but I didn’t make the profile of the stick, I sourced a ready made length from a local picture framers shop.

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#9 posted 10-26-2013 08:26 PM

Nice sign. And thanks for the explanations on your language ; it’s very interesting.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#10 posted 11-14-2013 12:02 AM

Well done, Colin! The border layout sets the carving very nicely.

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