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I finished cleaning up the carving, and have it upright - it is nice to see it in its proper position finally after so long working on it rotisserie-style. Soon the Acanthish column will be off to its new location. I will update with pictures once it gets installed - hopefully before spring!
#ninthwavedesigns #carving #handcarved #woodcarving #womeninwoodcarving #walnut #column #acanthish #acanthus #foliage #treeoflife #norge #norwegianstyle #hibernoscandinavian #finishedproject

The Acanthish column is complete! I finished carving all the way around in this turned piece of walnut. I will flip the column in the vices and go over the whole thing once more to clean up anything I missed, but this piece is essentially done. This project has been a fairly long saga from start to finish, but I am so pleased with the results.
#ninthwavedesigns #carving #woodcarving #handcarved #womeninwoodcarving #walnut #warmwood #acanthish #acanthus #canterburynh @chanceanderson4170 #norge #hibernoscandinavian #treeoflife #yggdrasil #worldtree #axismundi #swirls #spiral #branches #sacredtree #carvingtools #finishedproject

Chugging along on this project - two-thirds of the design is carved now. It's starting to look like a giant rolling pin for shortbread cookies!

#ninthwavedesigns #carving #handcarved #woodcarving #womeninwoodcarving #walnut #column #treeoflife #acanthish #acanthus #hibernoscandinavian #rollingalong #rollingpin #shortbread #cookies

Good morning, work bench! I am about halfway around the Acanthish column - the pattern flips and repeats, so this second iteration has gone faster than the first. I am loving how this is looks in the early morning light.
#ninthwavedesigns #woodcarving #handcarved #carving #carvingonturning #womeninwoodcarving #walnut #acanthus #acanthish #norge #hibernoscandinavian #norwegianstyle #treeoflife #carvedcolumn #column #overunderoverunder

I have finished carving the first full section on the Acanthish column - 25% of the design is done, which gives enough of an idea of how the completed project will look. Miles to go before I sleep, but I am pleased with the progress.
#ninthwavedesigns #carving #woodcarving #handcarved #womeninwoodcarving #walnut #acanthus #acanthish #norge #hibernoscandinavian #turnedwood #carvingonturning #leaves #vegitation #treeoflife #warmwood #spiral #workinprogress #wip #workinprogresswednesday

Busy weekend winding down, slow progress on the walnut Acanthish column, but didn't have a lot of time for carving. The nature of this project means I am carving it a bit rougher than usual, so the back and forth between this and the very detailed Sleeping Bear makes for some good variety.
#ninthwavedesigns #carving #woodcarving #handcarved #walnut #roughcarving #acanthus #acanthish #foliage #norge #hibernoscandinavian #column #turnedwood

I'm cutting in the third of 12 segments on the walnut Acanthish column - it is nice to see the pattern come together along the length of the piece, it is beginning to reveal the flow of the design, which is nice to see.
#ninthwavedesigns #carving #woodcarving #handcarved #womeninwoodcarving #walnut #column #norge #hibernoscandinavian #roughcarving #norwegian

I started roughing out a section of the carving on the walnut column. Working with and around some checking, I expect it will help give an aged look to the finished piece. This carving is going to be installed 15 feet or so high, so the carving will be less refined than my usual work. I will be focusing instead on facets and shadows, to work with light and shadow within the design. Lots to do on this project, but I am loving having this on my bench!
#ninthwavedesigns #carving #woodcarving #handcarved #walnut #column #acanthus #acanthish #spiral #swirl #plants #hibernoscandinavian #norge #norwegian

I got the walnut column out of the workshop on set up on the carving bench this evening. Swipe left for some shots of the set up - I have it mounted at either end on a Veritas carving vise. I tighten one end to hold it still, and then can easily loosen it to spin it around. I was lucky enough to have these two old vises salvaged by a friend who was doing a clean-out, along with several mounting stems. There's no vise like an old vise! Now to start carving - I will alternate back and forth between this project and the sleeping bear - I'm loving working on both of them, so there is lots of fun carving work ahead!
#ninthwavedesigns #carving #handcarved #woodcarving #womeninwoodcarving #walnut #column #acanthus #acanthish #foiliage #hibernoscandinavian #norge #norwegian #leafy #ornament #benchshot #veritas #carvingvise #vise #vice

I finished removing the background areas on the walnut turned column - all the way around! I rigged up a jig on my Dremel with a tiny 1/8" router bit so I could get equal depth around the curve. This project has been waiting in the wings for a long time ( hasn't it @chanceanderson4170 ?) but now it is ready for the carving to begin - just as soon as I finish the sleeping bear project!
#ninthwavedesigns #carving #handcarved #woodcarving #womeninwoodcarving #walnut #column #turnedwood #carvingonturning #acanthus #acanthish #norge #hibernoscandinavian #leafy #ornament

Interesting. My Swedish husband has been discussing how symbols (that may not even be from the Viking Era) are being misappropriated by right-wing extremists in this country. Beautiful symbols, regardless of their age or origins, being taken over for destructive purposes - Hitler did it with the swastika, of course, so it's nothing new in that sense. I was shocked to read that some people are using the Celtic Cross symbol for similar purposes! That symbol is holistic, representing the interconnection of all life.
This extract is from a blog called Norse Mythology for Smart People (www.norse-mythology.org). The writer claims that the Vegvísir (magical compass) symbol is mentioned only once, in one extant document, which itself was compiled in the 1800s. There don't seem to be any physical, archaeological remains to prove its use prior to the nineteenth century. But extremists rarely know much about history that hasn't been cherry-picked to suit their agenda.
Worth a read.

#vegvisir #vegvísir #norsemythology #nordicmythology #vikings #vikingar #mythology #reconstructionism #pagan #paganism #celticcross #celtic #hibernoscandinavian #irish #irishinsweden #symbol #symbolism

I'm working on drawing the pattern on this turned walnut column- a Norwegian acanthus style pattern I am calling Acanthish because it is an original design and isn't strictly historical. I am slowly working on this project, and once I finish the sleeping bear I should be ready to move this out of the workshop and into the carving bench.
#ninthwavedesigns #carving #woodcarving #handcarved #womeninwoodcarving #walnut #walnutwood #acanthus #acanthish #leaves #treeoflife #column #norwegianstyle #hibernoscandinavian #irishstyle #workinprogress #warmwood

The stag shield has been oiled, waxed, and delivered to the Annual Craftsmen's Fair which opens this Saturday at the Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, NH, and runs through the 13th. This carving will be part of the Living with Craft exhibit in the lodge. I am looking forward to visiting the fair and seeing the exhibit - counting the days!
#ninthwavedesigns #woodcarving #hardcarved #carving #womeninwoodcarving #mahogany #stag #shield ##celtic #celticart #viking #vikingart #deer #antlers #spiral #hibernoscandinavian #leagueofnhcraftsmen #leagueofnhcraftsmensfair #lovetheleaguenh

Wax On - Wax Off: Here is a quick look at applying wax to the spiral portion of the haunch on the stag shield carving. I first rub a little wax on with a soft cloth and then use a toothbrush to work the wax into the crevices of the carving, making sure to not leave too much wax behind. I will buff the wax several times a day for three or for days until it is fully dry.
#ninthwavedesigns #carving #handcarved #woodcarving #womeninwoodcarving #mahogany #stag #shield #celtic #celticart #viking #vikingart #hibernoscandinavian #spiral #wax #beeswax #brush #waxonwaxoff

The oil has soaked in and brought this piece of mahogany to life. Now that it has been drying for a week it is ready for the wax finish to be applied. It is so amazing to see how the variations in the grain contribute to the finished carving. I spent so many hours looking at this one way, and to see it now is quite a transformation!
#ninthwavedesigns #carving #handcarving #woodcarving #mahogany #stag #shield #celtic #celticart #viking #vikingart #deer #antlers #spiral #woodgrain #oiledwood #transformation #magic #linseedoil #oil #hibernoscandinavian #womeninwoodcarving #woodfinish #nofilter

A look at the stag shield glistening with oil. Once it has a chance to sit for a week or so I will seal it with a coating of wax. There is not much more to be done - It is almost finished!
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A quick look at applying oil to the stag shield carving. I put on a fairly generous first coat that I let soak in for a half hour or so before I wipe off the excess. This is the magic time - where the wood gets to show off all the splendor of its grain pattern, and I get to see how beautiful those areas of difficult-to-carve grain really are. It is worth all the hours of work for this!
#ninthwavedesigns #carving #handcarved #woodcarving #womeninwoodcarving #mahogany #oil #linseedoil #oilpainting #stag #shield #antlers #celtic #celticart #viking #vikingart #hibernoscandinavian #zenmoment #transformation #creativeprocess #brushstrokes #turnupthevolume #craftsfeed

I just finished adding the last of the detail to the stag shield woodcarving. This has been an epic carving project- spanning many months and lots of late nights (like this one!). Tomorrow in the light of day I will carefully go over the whole thing to clean it up and it will be done.
#ninthwavedesigns #carving #woodcarving #handcarved #womeninwoodcarving #mahogany #stag #shield #haunches #celtic #celticart #viking #vikingart #hibernoscandinavian #deer #texture #details #talisman #finishingup #done

Here is a diagonal path across the stag shield- I am now in the process of adding all the final details to the carving, section by section, getting closer to finishing this large carving. At 22 inches diameter, this design packs in a lot of detail, with more still to come!
#ninthwavedesigns #carving #handcarved #woodcarving #womeninwoodcarving #mahogany #stag #shield #celtic #celticart #viking #vikingart #hibernoscandinavian #oak #oakleaf #acorn #antlers #deer #talisman #texture #details

Here are some of the results of the texturing in the previous video- with some very dramatic raking light to show off the texture. It helps to have this low angle of light when carving like this to keep the dimples roughly the same size and angle throughout. This will have a much less dramatic effect in normal lighting but it should still give a nice subtle texture.
#ninthwavedesigns #carving #handcarved #woodcarving #carvedtexture #womeninwoodcarving #mahogany #celtic #celticart #viking #vikingart #hibernoscandinavian #stag #shield #spiral #texture #ripples #ripple #sharptools #subtle #pfiel

I am in the process of adding some texture to the background of the stag shield - I previously leveled it so the it was essentially flat, but it needs a little something to set it off from the rest of the design. Since I already have a lot of carved detail elsewhere in the design this is getting just a little ripple- enough to catch the light and create a little visual interest. It's a very satisfying process in its simplicity.
#ninthwavedesigns #woodcarving #handcarved #carving #womeninwoodcarving #mahogany #carved #stag #shield #celtic #celticart #viking #vikingart #hibernoscandinavian #ripple #ripples #texture #sharptools #zenmoment

Here is the set up for carving the walnut column that I posted yesterday. I used two Veritas carving vises to secure the column. I had a friend who rescued these from becoming metal scrap - they were beat up from classroom use and he refurbished them and gave them to me. I mounted the stems in the center of either end of the column and can loosen them to turn the column and then tighten them for a stable hold. It works great and makes me want to carve more cylindrical things!
#ninthwavedesigns #carving #woodcarving #handcarved #womeninwoodcarving #walnut #walnutwood #column #cylinder #turnedwood #carvingvice #veritas #irishstyle #hibernoscandinavian #norwegianstyle #acanthus #acanthish #treeoflife #vegitation

The first rough cuts on a carving project that has been waiting in the wings for a while. This is a walnut column with a leafy pattern I am calling Acanthish - as it is based on traditional Norwegian style acanthus patterns from the Stave church era, but it doesn't strictly follow the rules of that style. It is a blend of the Irish manuscript style of vegetation pattern called "Tree-of-Life" with the Norwegian style. This is my first time carving on a turned column, so it has been fun getting it set up so that I can rotate the column as I carve. I will be working on this off and on between other projects, but it is good to have this set up and ready to go.
#ninthwavedesigns #carving #woodcarving #handcarved #womeninwoodcarving #walnut #walnutwood #acanthus #acanthish #leaves #treeoflife #roughcut #column #norwegianstyle #hibernoscandinavian #irishstyle

A small celebration for making it halfway around the border carving. It is slow going to say the least. I am saving the detail carving on the stag's body for last: 🥕 + stick = 🦌Onward I go!
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It has been slow going carving the edge of the stag shield. I am getting close to being halfway around the circle, in various stages of refinement. The last few weeks have brought many distractions but I am hoping to make some real progress on carving the rest if the runes.
#ninthwavedesigns #carving #handcarved #woodcarving #womeninwoodcarving #mahogany #stag #shield #rune #runes #inventedrunes #hibernoscandinavian #oak #leaves #acorn #antlers #celtic #celticart #viking #vikingart

Here is a quick look at carving a rune on the border of the stag shield. I am using a no. 1 skew palm tool to carve with, and afterward I cleaned up with a micro version of the same profile. Swipe left to see the finished results.
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I am steadily making progress on the stag shield wood carving. I am working my way around the border carving the rondelles and runes as I go. I love how the runes mimic the texture of branches on a tree - they are such an organic form of lettering.
#ninthwavedesigns #carving #woodcarving #handcarved #womeninwoodcarving #stag #shield #acorn #oak #antlers #spiral #hibernoscandinavian #handcarvedletters #inventedrunes #runes #secrets #mahogany #celtic #celticart #viking #vikingart

I carved the first of the runes on the border of the stag shield today. I'm looking forward to seeing the full effect as I get more of these carved.
#ninthwavedesigns #carving #handcarved #woodcarving #mahogany #stag #shield #runes #inventedrunes #handcarvedletters #hibernoscandinavian #secrets

The Irish Hare pendants are available for sale in the Ninth Wave Designs Etsy shop - link in bio. I have packaged them with butternut wood shavings to reflect the pendant's origins as a wood carving in butternut- swipe left to see more.
#ninthwavedesigns #woodcarving #woodshavings #woodshavingwednesday #silver #silverjewelry #sterlingsilver #hare #irishhare #rabbit #rabbitsofinstagram #weartherare #spiral #swirls #celtic #celticart #hibernoscandinavian #viking #vikingart #pendant #jewelry #talisman #etsysellersofinstagram #etsyfinds

I am adding some of the fine detail to the stag's neck, working on refining the center of the carving as I work my way around the border. This is a slow process but deeply satisfying work as well.
#ninthwavedesigns #carving #handcarved #woodcarving #womeninwoodcarving #mahogany #stag #shield #details #refining #tiny #littlewoodshavings #everywhere #carvingvideo #celtic #celticart #hibernoscandinavian

I'm transferring the border pattern on the stag shield. I have been working on this for so long with the border left plain that the addition of the runes and the oak motif are a pretty dramatic effect. I need a few more hours in the day, but this is steadily moving forward.
#ninthwavedesigns #carving #handcarved #woodcarving #mahogany #runes #inventedrunes #oak #oakleaves #borders #hibernoscandinavian #viking #vikingart

Working on slowly refining the stag shield carving. There is so much that still needs doing - I am pleased with the progress so far even though the changes I am making now are very subtle. I am refining things to get just the right effect I am after with this one, and I am willing to take my time with it. #ninthwavedesigns #carving #handcarved #woodcarving #womeninwoodcarving #mahogany #stag #shield #antlers #protector #celtic #hibernoscandinavian #spiral #refining #process

I'm happy to be getting back to work on the stag carving. I had to set it aside to meet some deadlines but now it is time to work on this until it is done.
#ninthwavedesigns #carving #handcarved #woodcarving #womeninwoodcarving #stag #antlers #deer #shield #mahogany #spiral #hibernoscandinavian

Here is a look at my #bestnine2016 - what a year of projects it has been! Thank you to all who follow and like my work, it means so much to me to have your support. Here is to a 2017 filled with satisfying and meaningful creations for all of us! #ninthwavedesigns #woodcarving #handcarved #carving #viking #dragon #guardian #dragestil #hibernoscandinavian #tele #raven #mahogany #telecaster #irishhare #hare #celticart #celticcarving #atlanticsalmon #salmon #spiral #swirl

Rune of Courage in freshly oiled Spanish Cedar. Available in exchange for a donation to select nonprofits. I wrote about this project and posted the details on my blog: www.ninthwavedesigns.com/nwd-blog/ #ninthwavedesigns #carving #woodcarving #handcarved #courage #nonprofit #giveaway #hibernoscandinavian #carvedletters #rune #runic #inventedalphabet

Runes of Courage: The first three of these small plaques are oiled and waxed and ready to go. Two go to their new homes today - the Alaskan Yellow Cedar ones on either end. The one in the middle, carved from a scrap of mystery exotic wood, is still available. It darkened up quite a bit from the oil - you can see it in an earlier picture in my profile. I also have one in the works carved from Spanish cedar that will be lovely when oiled up. I am making these as give-aways, rewards for those who donate $100 or more to nonprofits that support LGBTQ support, climate change, women's reproductive rights, and civil liberties. DM me for more details and thanks for the support for these important causes that need assistance now more than ever! #ninthwavedesigns #rune #runeofcourage #carving #handcarved #woodcarving #carvedrunes #inventedalphabet #carvedletters #hibernoscandinavian #giveaway #nonprofit #courage

Viking Dragon Guardian: Available now in the Ninth Wave Designs Etsy store (link in bio). This is the second of two guardians I carved last year that I am now making available for sale. This is the left-facing version of the design, carved in Honduran mahogany. Click through to read more about this piece and see the other new listings in my shop. #ninthwavedesigns #carving #woodcarving #handcarved #womeninwoodworking #etsy #etsysellersofinstagram #etsyshopupdate #hibernoscandinavian #viking #dragon #guardian #differencemakesus #dragestil

Runes carved on the backside of the Atlantic Salmon carving. Now it is done. I will be oiling it soon - can't wait to see what the wood will look like! #ninthwavedesigns #atlanticsalmon #carving #woodcarving #handcarved #celticcarving #runes #carvedrunes #runic #inscription #hibernoscandinavian #runicalphabet #inventedalphabet #staves #lettering #letterforms #mahogany

This Viking Dragon Guardian wood carving is now available for sale in the Ninth Wave Designs Etsy store (link in profile). I posted pictures of the carving process for this piece late last fall, so this is a bit of a #flashbackfriday - but I am very happy to be able to make this available for sale now. #ninthwavedesigns #viking #dragon #carving #handcarved #woodcarving #mahogany #honduranmahogany #dragestil #dragonstyle #etsyshop #etsyseller #etsysellerofinstagram #hibernoscandinavian #flashback #skull #deerskull

Last look at the Dragestil - Viking Dragon carving - (I promise!) with this short panning video. I put a coat of wax on it and now this carving is done, done, done!

The Dragestil carving hanging in my sitting room - this is my favorite room in the house, and when the afternoon light pours in everything glows. #livingwithcraft #nofilter @leagueofnhcraftsmen

Here is a shot of the Dragestil carving hanging on the mantel above the Marriage Shield. The fireplace is defunct and has been covered over and was in need of a little sprucing up. Even though I designed this carving for this space, it will be available for sale at the Living With Craft exhibition at the 83rd Annual League of NH Craftsmen's Fair in Sunapee, NH, from August 6th through the 14th. For the next 10 days though, I will be #livingwithcraft in my sitting room - I am having a hard time letting this one go!

Tha Dragestil carving is soaking up the oil nicely, soon to be ready for the wax finish.

Here is a throwback to a few weeks ago - a short video of my Old Woman of the Night (Celtic owl) wood carving. I am sharing this again as a preview of the piece that is on display as part of the @leagueofnhcraftsmen Bowl Me Over exhibition - opening tomorrow night at the Gallery at League Headquarters on South Main Street in Concord, NH. It would be wonderful to meet some of my Instagram friends, so stop by for the opening from 5 - 7 pm on Friday, and be sure to say hello! #bowlmeover #lovetheleaguenh #leagueofnhcraftsmen

I am pleased to be part of the "Bowl Me Over" exhibition at the Gallery at League Headquarters opening on Friday, July 8th. There will be a public reception from 5 - 7 pm in the gallery, located at 49 South Main Street. I will have my Old Woman of the Night (aka Celtic owl) wood carving on display along with a wonderful selection of League member's best work. I hope to see you at the opening on Friday! @leagueofnhcraftsmen #lovetheleaguenh #bowlmeover #ninthwavedesigns #oldwomanofthenight

A pocket of aromatic wood chips on the Dragestil carving for #woodchipwednesday. I have finished carving dragon spiral number 4 and am working on number 5. I have a nice long weekend ahead of me and am hoping to get this completed.

I'm back to working on the Viking Dragon mantle carving - this time until it is finished. This was how I left it last night - it looks so dramatic in the raking light.

My first foray into video with this panning shot of the Dragestil mantle carving. It is hard to capture this long rectangular carving into the square format, so this was the solution I came up with. Looking at this I realized that the dragon spirals from left to right show the stages of refinement of the carving process as well. #ninthwavedesigns #carving #woodcarving #handcarved #spanishcedar #hibernoscandinavian #dragon #dragons #dragestil #viking #vikingdragon #heretherebedragons #livingwithcrafts #lovetheleaguenh #spiral #dragonstyle #wip #workinprogress #watchers #guardians

I have been going back and forth between working on painting the Celtic owl and carving the Viking dragons. Both of these projects have spanned a long stretch of time, and I am looking forward to seeing them completed soon. I have several projects lined up that I am eager to start working on. Lots of great stuff to do!

I started painting the Celtic owl carving. The first layers of paint are always a challenge - I am so used to seeing the wood of the carving that it looks strange. Plus, the method I use to build the colors begins with shades much more intense than the final effect. It can be an unsettling process, but I know if I stick it out it will get better! #ninthwavedesigns #woodcarving #handcarved #carving #celticcarving #celtic #celticowl #celticart #owl #owlsofinstagram #runes #inscribed #carvedletters #hibernoscandinavian #paintedfinish #oilpaints #gamblin #pallet #brushes #theonlywayoutisthrough

Two of the intertwined dragons are starting to emerge from the rough carving. I like how the movement of the design is starting to flow together. This design was inspired by one of the portal carvings at the stave church in Borgund, Norway. The original is a plant-based motif, and I adapted it to these intertwined dragons to hang over a fireplace.

Sealing the wood on the Celtic owl wood carving to get it ready for the painted finish. Step-by-step I am getting closer to seeing this as I have imagined it from the beginning. #ninthwavedesigns #woodcarving #handcarved #carving #celticcarving #hibernoscandinavian #basswood #oil #finish #runes #runic #runicalphabet #inventedalphabet #feathers #snowyowl #owlsofinstagram

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