Friday, 17 September 2010

Recent Custom Works: Lugh's Knot Wedding Horns

This job was close to driving me crazy. It was not the first time I carved horns but the first time the horns were for the customers' wedding - so I was constantly aware of the high relevance this work would have for the couple and their pagan marriage ceremony... Furthermore I had to do a pair - a pair that should be almost identical, apart from the fact that they are mirrored.
And doing two identical horns means a total different strategy - so it took me almost two days of work to trace the design onto the horns.
Usually, or at least very often, I design the patterns freehand on the horn - something that was completely out of question this time...
So before I even could think about tracing any patterns, I needed to have the patterns first. Fortunately the classic celtic knotwork bands and the central Lugh's knot pattern were given so I "just" needed some knotwork band for the intermediate parts. And, call it a creative logjam or whatever, it took me ages to come up with this one:
This was a real bastard to carve, but in the end it turned out well and the couple was really satisfied and happy with the result. And this is what makes me happy, too!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

What tools do you use to carve your drinking horns and antlers (like the knife handle)?

Freki Jungnickel said...

Mostly I use a Dremel, but also Mora Knives, files and sandpaper

Invincible said...

Absolutely stunning! You do amazing work.

Darby Le Clair said...

Those are beautiful! May I use your pattern for embroidery? It would make a nice piece!

Freki Jungnickel said...

Darby, great idea - think this is no prblem at all since it is another medium - would be nice to see the result!

Addling Brass said...

These look amazing! Would you mind if i etched your pattern into some steel armor im making?