Celtic Knots

We’ve been drawn into Celtic Knots like a person is drawn to follow the loops and turns of ever more complex knot patterns, always ending at the beginning.
Many of our patterns come from ancient stone carvings. Some are modern adaptations of traditional techniques.
When making a knot we begin with clear Western Red Cedar 2” by 4” or 6” roughs. We joint and plane their faces and then colour match pieces. These pieces are put together with water proof glue and planed a final time. By gluing wood in grain-balanced pairs we reduce the warping and splitting that would occur in a single slab.
The blank then is mounted on a table and the pattern is cut with a router. The first pass uses a V bit. The second pass roughs out pockets and the perimeter. The finish pass is then made with a smaller diameter bit. The knot is then sanded by hand with the aid of a rotary tool. Finally it is then given a generous spray with a penetrating oil stain.
 

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