Carving a Family Crest

Recently, Kyla from Prince George contacted me about a wood carving idea. Her husband is Scottish and is quite interested in his family lineage and he’s interested in heraldry. She wondered if I could carve a family crest for him as a surprise. She had a surprise for me: her husband already had his family crest tattooed on his back! She sent me a picture and asked if I could incorporate it into a carved crest.

If you’ve been a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know how much I enjoy working with people to come up with a finished product. This was no different. Kyla and I went back and forth by email quite a few times to talk through the development of the idea. She sent me some photos and I drew up a few concept drawings, and the idea grew into something that “just seemed right”. We agreed on a price and I went to work.

Concept Drawing of Crest

After drawing up the idea in detail, I had to select an appropriate kind of wood. Because of the size and shape of this carving, I didn’t want to take the risk of carving it out of one piece of wood. There’s too much chance of the wood warping or splitting. So I ripped the wood into smaller pieces on my table saw until they were 4″ wide by 17″ long and 1″ thick. Then I  glued them together to make an approximate square.

Did you know that watching glue dry is a very long process? It’s sort of like watching a pot of water boil… Check back tomorrow to see how it’s developing.


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Grant McMillan

I am the University Registrar at Trinity Western University, and I've been in the profession since 1997. I have an MA in Organizational Leadership, and have made a career of going into organizations that are in very difficult situations and leading them to a much better place. I teach Leadership to budding managers in the Adult Degree Completion program at Trinity Western University. I speak and consult, with organizations. Contact me at

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