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Irish Claddagh, A symbol of Love, Friendship, & Loyalty

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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 08-25-2006 05:02 PM 3747 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I carved this for my loving wife, who has some Irish ancestry.

The Claddagh is a design of a heart being encircled by a pair of delicate hands with a crown above the heart.

It is a symbol of Love, Friendship, & Loyalty. The hands signify friendship, the crown loyalty, and the heart love.

This Celtic knot was more difficult to draw than to carve, with all those interwoven lines.

The name “Bairbre” is the Celtic name for Barbara, which is the name of my wife.

Black Walnut, Dimensions, 12” x 15”
This beautiful wood is from a salvaged railroad tie.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1





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Ryan Corrigan

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#1 posted 03-23-2007 10:47 PM

Dick,
You do nice work. I’ll bet that took forever to do. I’ll also wager it was 100% worth it!
Ryan

-- Ryan Corrigan Sadieville, KY http://www.CelticCrossWood.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 03-23-2007 11:34 PM

Thanks Celtic Cross,
The hardest part of this was drawing it. All those lines were very confusing. Once the carving commenced, it was easier to orient myself to it.
It took me awhile to complete I guess, but I can’t say how long because I’m not doing it for the money, just for the fun.

I was playing around with my photo editing on St Patricks Day, & did this.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#3 posted 03-24-2007 12:01 AM

You keep amazing me with your skill every time you post something. The detail in the knuckles is great.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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#4 posted 03-24-2007 12:12 AM

a highly skilled artist!!!

I bow to your abilities

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Thor

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#5 posted 03-24-2007 12:17 AM

Dick, that turned out very well. I agree that the details in the hands and writsts are extremely well done, and I understand about a knotwork that complicated. You did a beautiful job, and I’m sure your Bairbre was very pleased.
Great that you salvaged the wood from a railroad tie…..I’m really surprised by that. I didn’t know they were made from good wood like that. Now, the poor tree can rest in peace.
Thor

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#6 posted 03-28-2007 09:15 AM

out of a railroad tie you say? Are’nt the soaked in creasote? It’s a lovely piece and a great story Dick. Mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 03-28-2007 11:49 AM

This tie came from the ties they use in the mines. They use used untreated White Oak, but once in awhile a different species would get mixed in.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#8 posted 03-28-2007 03:09 PM

The only railroad ties you’ll see in these parts, if not brand new and filthy, are all splintered and nearly lifeless. How great to find one in black walnut, minus the preservative bath.

great job with the carving, and not losing your place in all the detailed knotwork.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 03-29-2007 04:22 PM

Thanks Scott,
You’re the one that got me going on the Railroad Tie Story.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Don

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#10 posted 07-07-2007 02:36 PM

As usual, nice work, Dick and made nicer because of the fact that it is symbolic of the special love you and Baibre share. (I think that I mention previously that my wife’s name is Barbara, so I look forward to showing her this.)

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 07-07-2007 02:55 PM

Thanks Don, I was thinking maybe your Barbara would like this.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#12 posted 07-08-2007 01:51 AM

Such detail in the fingers and hands. Great work!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#13 posted 07-08-2007 06:01 AM

Wonderful carving Dick. I love the pulse feature for bringing this one to my attention.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#14 posted 07-08-2007 06:12 AM

It’s nice to see this project come back to life. Thanks to every one of you.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#15 posted 06-05-2009 12:40 AM

This is cool!

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