Huge Hand-Carved Celtic Wooden Shield. 1000mm in Diameter!

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Introduction: Huge Hand-Carved Celtic Wooden Shield. 1000mm in Diameter!

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Hi! This is an celtic wooden hand carved shield that i've made myself.

The front of the shield is hand drawn and hand carved depicting two celtic dragons and other celtic symbols.

The diameter of the shield is 1000mm, thickness 25mm and approx 5kg. It is ideal for decorating rooms, sidewalks, cellars or for medieval parades, photo shoots, etc.

Supplies

Materials: Balsa wood, MDF board, wood glue,indigo paper,baking paper, wallnut wood stain, linseed wood oil, natural wood wax, lint-free cloths, sanding paper.

Tools: jig saw, pencil, brushes, hand carving tools, Dremel tool kit (carving mills),Dremel VersaTip 2000-6, Dexter SK5 mini knifes.

Step 1: Preparing the Wooden Base of the Shield and Drawing the Design.

In this step we glue the balsa wooden boards and the MDF round board together using wood glue and then with the help of an jig saw we cut the wood in a round shape.

We draw the design of the shield on baking paper because we can see the drawing even if the paper it's turned on the other side. Behind the baking paper we put some indigo paper and we start outlining the drawings with a pencil . At the end, when we remove the papers we should have the drawings on the wooden board.

Step 2: Let's Start Carving the Wood!

In this part we use the Dremel tool kit and some mills to basically mill the drawing outline on the shiled and then we use some hand carving tools to carve all the details of the wooden shield. I warn you that this will take time.

Step 3: Burning the Wooden Carved Shapes.

With the help of the Dremel Versa Tip 2000-6 gas torch we torch the celtic designs to add a special effect on the wood.

Attention!!! Do not stay with the gas torch in one place for a long time because you risk to destroy all the work. Try to move fast and and keep the burning as much uniform as you can.

Step 4: Sanding the Wood Surface.

This part it's simple but it takes time. Here we need different granulation (220 and 800) sand paper and we start sanding all the wood surface with maximum attention and prepare it for the next step.

Step 5: Staining the Wood.

This part it's quite simple. We take a brush and apply some wallnut wood stain to add a beautifull colour to the wood shield.

Step 6: Applying the Linseed Oil.

This part it's also very simple. We take a brush and start applying the linseed oil on the entire surface of the wood to add extra protection to the wood. The linseed oil helps also for the wood impregnation so in the next step we will use less material.

Step 7: Final Step: Wood Waxing.

This step will take some time. Here we need some lint-free cloths, hand gloves and natural wood wax. We take with the lint-free cloth a small amount of wax and we start applying it in circular movement for extra polish. It's very important to use small amounts of wax and applying it in fine layers.

And that's all!!! Thank you so much for watching!

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    27 Comments

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    Breakenn
    Breakenn

    Question 1 year ago on Step 1

    Wonderful work! do you have any suggestions for finding traceable Celtic chains and patterns or any viking runes? My family dates back to 970 A.D. in Northern Iceland! To nice fellow named Olaf the Bad.

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    31VOL
    31VOL

    Answer 1 year ago

    Hi! First of all, if you are a decendant of an ancient family, that's pretty impresive.So, congrats for that! Secondly,i can't really help you finding this traceable Celtic patterns because my inspiration comes from other artistis who are very talented in this matter.I am a huge fan of the Celtic and Viking culture so that's why my works are ispired from this two cultures.Thank you very much for your appreciation. If you have any other questions i am glad to answer.

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    Kink Jarfold
    Kink Jarfold

    1 year ago

    When I first saw this Instructable I was blown away. I knew it would win the contest. I even sent it to my boys to take a gander at the talent you have. Well done!

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    31VOL
    31VOL

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you so much! It means a lot to me. There are some very good projects in the contest and for me to be a finalist it's a great news. It is an honor for me to participate in such competitions and to win your admiration. Thank you again!

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    ThatKat
    ThatKat

    1 year ago

    I think I will definitely be trying this! It looks time consuming (but time is all I have now) and fun though! :D Plus it's a cool room decoration.

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    31VOL
    31VOL

    Reply 1 year ago

    Go sharp your carving tools, select some good music and put it on a playlist and start working.Good luck !!:-))

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    s0200311
    s0200311

    1 year ago

    K'nex love

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    31VOL
    31VOL

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you!

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    DeejDee
    DeejDee

    1 year ago

    Wow, I love this piece. Really well done bro!

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    31VOL
    31VOL

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you so much for you appreciation!

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    DeejDee
    DeejDee

    Reply 1 year ago

    Yeah is that the more Scandinavian side to Celtic work? I did a piece with a Trinity knot in it!

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    31VOL
    31VOL

    Reply 1 year ago

    I think so. I've just googled some celtic drawings for inspiration and this it what i found. Trinity knot is nice and there are a lot of celtic knots models and we only have two hands to draw them. I think we need at least six hands to do such a work but i am afraid we will look like a hindu god.:-))

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    LeslieGeee
    LeslieGeee

    Question 1 year ago

    Beautiful and very well executed, thank you for sharing. I have one question please. I know you found the designs online and I found 2 of them but the outer celtic circle on the shield I have not found. Did you make PDFs of the designs and if so can you please share them? I would like to try this but on a smaller scale. Thank you for taking the time to answer.

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    caitd3
    caitd3

    Answer 1 year ago

    Try some of the Dover books on Celtic designs, they should have exactly what you want. When I do this kind of work, the images can be enlarged using a photocopier and tape the individual sheets together. There are also some poster programs that are available that will work for this. You take the image and tell them to print it to a specific size, and they will allow you to print out it on your printer. they do multiple pages and even give you cut and paste lines so you can make it into one large poster of the exact size you want. I use this technique for a lot of banners that I sew.

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    LeslieGeee
    LeslieGeee

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you to both. I am pretty good at reproductive drawing and drawing in general but I find the Celtic ins and outs does something to my brain and scrambles it all up but I will attempt it. I have a HUGE roll of printers paper that I bought from a copy place a long time ago and I still haven't made a dent in it. The reason I asked about the edge circle is that the design is beautiful, simple AND complicated at the same time. Again thank you to both :)

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    caitd3
    caitd3

    Reply 1 year ago

    I forgot to mention Courtney Davis. He is a fantastic Celtic artist. You can find his designs online and in several books . http://www.courtneydavisart.com/ I am sure you will find exactly what you want. I have been studying his style and techniques for over 20 years.

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    LeslieGeee
    LeslieGeee

    Reply 1 year ago

    TY very much:)

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    31VOL
    31VOL

    Answer 1 year ago

    Hi. The part with the drawing design of this shield you can see it at the minute 01:00 of this video tutorial:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZHltTqm6eU
    I don't use any printers or other technologies. I look online for some inspiration designs and then i draw them personally on cooking paper. I have pretty good drawing skills but if you can't draw them yourself i suggest to follow the caitd3 advice in the comment below.
    Thank you for your appreciations and if you have any questions i'll be happy to answer.

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    ZexetorM
    ZexetorM

    1 year ago

    Very nice work! I'm impressed. Why didn't you enter this in one of the contests???

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    31VOL
    31VOL

    Reply 1 year ago

    Can i enter now or it's too late?