Carving a Family Crest, Part 4

Yesterday, I left you with a few pictures of the crest as the centre part was being carved. Today I’d like to show you how the Celtic knot was shaped. The hardest part of carving it is to make it consistent around the circle. The way I managed that was to make a template of paper, but only drew about 45 degrees of the arc. Then I turned the paper around the circle, tracing that part of the knot again and again. This ensured that each part looked the same. Then came the easy part – actually carving the wood!

Family Crest Unfinished
Celtic knot border

At this stage, the carving is almost complete. The next stage is to shape the banners and carve letters into them. Once that’s done, all that will be left is to put a finish on the carving. Stay tuned until tomorrow evening for that part of the story.

Grant McMillan

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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 grant.mcmillan@twu.ca

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