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Celtic Knot of Discovery wall hanging Book of Kells Irish home decor Ornamental Cross Wood Carving Double Line Knotwork Symbol

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This Celtic Knot is an example of a double strand carving, The design loops between the four directions, North, South East, West, representing the movement of exploration that leads to discovery.  The linking of the loops through the center weaving creates a stable grid between the flow of expanding and contracting energy/thought/experience etc. and a mathematical, thoughtful place of revelation in the center. Having 2 separate knots entwined can symbolize harmony in bringing the diverse elements into the moment of epiphany and insight.

MEANING OF SYMBOL: Believed to be an ornamental cross from the Book of Kells, this symbol was found in the ruins of Babylon that predated the Book of Kells by 2000 years. In the early days of the internet, it was used by two international scientific organizations as the Symbol of Discovery…

THE CARVING:

Our carvings are single pieces of western red cedar, designed and carved to be wall hangings.  Each carving begins as a 1 X 12 inch cedar board.  While we use power tools (Scroll Saw, Rotary shaft Tool, handheld detail sanders etc.), we use no laser’s, CNC machines or computer operated cutting machines.  All work is done with our hands and eyes… 

We cut the 2 dimensional blanks with scroll and jig saws (double-sized custom orders have to be cut with jigsaw). Carving is done with rotary shaft tools and disc grinders. The 80 grit sanding is the final phase of the carving process, removing the nicks and gouges from the carving tools, and finishes the shaping of the weave. The next 2 sandings with 120 then 220 grit finishes the smoothing and polishing. They are finished with Clear Danish Oil to seal the piece, bringing out the grain and the color.

 

The pictures you see here are stock photos. What you get will depend on what we have in stock. If there are no others in stock, the time to shipping will be increased. If you desire and request something (for example) dark, we will pull the darkest board we have, but it will not necessarily be as dark as (for example) walnut would be. Western Red Cedar is the species from which roofing shingles, decks, and gazeboes have traditionally been made. It is resistant to mold, moisture, and insects. The oiling process also helps to block out damaging UV rays of the sun, so our carvings can be hung outdoors. Please be aware, that even with the oiling, the carving will eventually gray out, as any cedar will, if it is placed in direct sunlight.

 SIZE OF THE CARVINGS: The stock carvings are limited by the size of the board that starts the carving process. As the initial piece is 1 in. x 12 in., (in reality 3/4 in. x 11-3/4 in.) one side of the carving will be no greater then approximately 11-1/2 in.