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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

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.
#ninthwavedesigns #carving #handcarved #woodcarving #womeninwoodcarving #mahogany #lettering #carvedletters #rune #inventedrunes #inscribed #runic #hibernoscandinavian #celtic #celticart #viking #vikingart

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!
#ninthwavedesigns #carving #woodcarving #handcarved #womeninwoodcarving #mahogany #stag #shield #runes #inventedrunes #runecarving #celtic #celticart #hibernoscandinavian #viking #vikingart #shieldwall #steadyon #antlers #oak #oakleaf #acorn

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

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

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!
#ninthwavedesigns #carved #carving #woodcarving #womeninwoodcarving #mahogany #celtic #celticart #viking #vikingart #hibernoscandinavian #oil #linseedoil #oiledwood #glowing #warmup #spiral #glistening #richcolor #warmth #warmwood

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

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

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

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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!
#ninthwavedesigns #carved #carving #woodcarving #womeninwoodcarving #mahogany #celtic #celticart #viking #vikingart #hibernoscandinavian #oil #linseedoil #oiledwood #glowing #warmup #spiral #glistening #richcolor #warmth #warmwood

The carving is completed on the stag shield - shown here on the carving bench with some raking light to pick up all the details. I am very happy to have this done - it was a challenging project, one that helped me expand my carving abilities by pushing me out of my comfort zone. I am looking forward to oiling this tomorrow to see what this interesting piece of wood is going to do.
#ninthwavedesigns #carving #woodcarving #hardcarved #womeninwoodcarving #mahogany #stag #shield #celtic #celticart #viking #vikingart #hibernoscandinavian #antlers #deer #oak #oakleaf #acorn #acorns #runes #runic #inscription #inventedrunes #inventedalphabet #carvedletters #letterforms #talisman #guardian

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!
#ninthwavedesigns #carving #woodcarving #handcarved #womeninwoodcarving #mahogany #stag #shield #runes #inventedrunes #runecarving #celtic #celticart #hibernoscandinavian #viking #vikingart #shieldwall #steadyon #antlers #oak #oakleaf #acorn

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.
#ninthwavedesigns #carving #handcarved #woodcarving #womeninwoodcarving #mahogany #lettering #carvedletters #rune #inventedrunes #inscribed #runic #hibernoscandinavian #celtic #celticart #viking #vikingart

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

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