|Project by Colin||posted 10-24-2013 10:48 AM||1827 views||3 times favorited||10 comments|
I was asked to carve a wedding Benediction by two sisters who are both getting married within the next six months, one in November and one in April. They asked me to carve the wedding blessing as a gift for the minister who conducts his ceremonies in ” Doric”.
In our part of the world, North East of Scotland, our spoken English is a dialect called “Doric” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doric_dialect_(Scotland).
The English version would be
May the God of peace guard the door of your house and the doors of your hearts,
May the road rise to meet you and the light of the sun stand at your shoulders,
May the love of God guard you and shelter you all your days. So let it be.
As always the hardest part for me was coming up with the design surrounding the text. I fretted over this for a month before I settled on the leaf pattern shown. I had sketched lots of tracing paper border designs but none of them looked right. (I had to make a decision as the first wedding is in two weeks) Eventually the solution was shown to me when I was researching a Wayne Barton book which showed a version of the incised foliage pattern on a jewellery box.
-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"