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I carved this for my loving wife, who has some Irish ancestry.

The Claddagh is a design of a heart being encircled by a pair of delicate hands with a crown above the heart.

It is a symbol of Love, Friendship, & Loyalty. The hands signify friendship, the crown loyalty, and the heart love.

This Celtic knot was more difficult to draw than to carve, with all those interwoven lines.

The name "Bairbre" is the Celtic name for Barbara, which is the name of my wife.

Black Walnut, Dimensions, 12" x 15"
This beautiful wood is from a salvaged railroad tie.

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Dick,
You do nice work. I'll bet that took forever to do. I'll also wager it was 100% worth it!
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Thanks Celtic Cross,
The hardest part of this was drawing it. All those lines were very confusing. Once the carving commenced, it was easier to orient myself to it.
It took me awhile to complete I guess, but I can't say how long because I'm not doing it for the money, just for the fun.

I was playing around with my photo editing on St Patricks Day, & did this.
 

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You keep amazing me with your skill every time you post something. The detail in the knuckles is great.
 

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a highly skilled artist!!!

I bow to your abilities
 

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Dick, that turned out very well. I agree that the details in the hands and writsts are extremely well done, and I understand about a knotwork that complicated. You did a beautiful job, and I'm sure your Bairbre was very pleased.
Great that you salvaged the wood from a railroad tie…..I'm really surprised by that. I didn't know they were made from good wood like that. Now, the poor tree can rest in peace.
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out of a railroad tie you say? Are'nt the soaked in creasote? It's a lovely piece and a great story Dick. Mike
 

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This tie came from the ties they use in the mines. They use used untreated White Oak, but once in awhile a different species would get mixed in.
 

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The only railroad ties you'll see in these parts, if not brand new and filthy, are all splintered and nearly lifeless. How great to find one in black walnut, minus the preservative bath.

great job with the carving, and not losing your place in all the detailed knotwork.
 

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As usual, nice work, Dick and made nicer because of the fact that it is symbolic of the special love you and Baibre share. (I think that I mention previously that my wife's name is Barbara, so I look forward to showing her this.)
 

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Thanks Don, I was thinking maybe your Barbara would like this.
 

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Such detail in the fingers and hands. Great work!
 

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Wonderful carving Dick. I love the pulse feature for bringing this one to my attention.
 

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It's nice to see this project come back to life. Thanks to every one of you.
 

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Thank you Mbulla!

I appreciate it very much!
 
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