Book of Shadows Celtic Knotwork Book





Introduction: Book of Shadows Celtic Knotwork Book

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Here is my latest book. It is hand carved MDF finished with paint and oil. All metal work is solid brass. It is based on Celtic knotwork which I designed inside AutoCAD then printed out the design on my A3 printer.



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    how do you bind the pages?

    Very nice work. I was wondering (I'm a noob with woodworking.) Did I just need any wide format printer basically? I was also wondering what sort of paper you used and did you just tape it over the wood and start out with a light outline then take the paper off and decide on the depth etc..? I'd really like to give something like this a shot for fun I'm just worried about destroying the paper template mainly.

    Hi Brad,
    When I do a lot of my wood work, I use a standard A4 size printer and print the design out in sections, then sticky tape them back together.
    I use standard paper you buy in those 500 sheet reams, nothing special about it.
    The old way I used to do my design was to glue the paper design to the wood, but now I use masking tape to hold the design to the wood, and then slide a piece of carbon paper under it then trace over the design. That works well on light coloured woods, but dark woods I suppose gluing it down is the best option.
    The down side to gluing the design to the wood is removing the parts of it you don't carve out. I use a wide flat chisel to scrape the remainder off.
    If you have only 1 paper template, see if you can get it scanned then you can print out again and again without having to worry about ruining the only copy you have.
    Another method too for the design, is to just get the design printed out somewhere on to one big piece of paper.
    I did that with a bed head, I went to the office supplies shop and got the design printed onto an A0 sized sheet. That was a big time saver on such a large design....but small designs i just tape the parts together.
    Good luck with it all

    Sorry one last question. What tools did you use to carve this out? I'm trying to decide on a set to buy. I'd rather not spend $400 to start out with... any suggestions of good tools and sizes for this sort of project would be much appreciated. I'm normally a jeweller so this is something new for me... thanks again.

    Simply gorgeous. Do you sell them? I need one. please!

    do you sell those book?

    Is there any chance you could upload the template you designed in AutoCAD to make this pattern? I really like this design so would love to have it in a template format!

    no sorry, I am keeping that design copyrighted

    Hi, I'm just wondering how you managed to get the mdf so smooth where it has been carved away? I'm trying to create a Celtic knot on mdf but as it's quite fibrous, when it comes to painting it I'm not sure how that smooth wooden effect yours has can be achieved?I'm wondering how you get the carved sections so smooth!