MEANING: One of the eight buddhist treasures, it has been described as representing the interweaving of the Spiritual path, the flowing of Time and Movement within That Which Is Eternal. All existence, the Pan Chang Knot says, is bound by time and change, yet rests serenely within the Divine and Eternal. A few interpretations of the symbol are: The Endless knot iconography symbolized the endless cycle of suffering or birth, death and rebirth within Tibetan Buddhism. The intertwining of wisdom and compassion. Interplay and interaction of the opposing forces in the dualistic world of manifestation (the yin and yang of existence), leading to their union, and ultimately to harmony in the universe. A symbol of balance and harmony. Since the knot has no beginning or end it also symbolizes the infinite wisdom of the Buddha.
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.
SIZE: One picture has the piece on a quilting board, lined up on the 1 inch marks. The quilting board, at its simplest, is a one inch grid. So with the piece on the board, you look at the top and follow the line to the left and look at the right side at the widest point and follow the line to the bottom and you have height by width...but wait! It's not that easy! The way this board I have is laid out, if I lined it up on the zero points it would cover up the numbers and on some pieces you wouldn't be able to see them...so, I line it up on the 1 inch marks which means when you get the numbers, you have to subtract 1 inch... TA DA! Measurements may vary slightly from piece to piece.