While cleaning (once is not usual) my workshop, I fell on some slates of the Monts d’Arrée, full of rust. And as I had a little time, I took the smallest of them to try an engraving and I chose a knotwork pattern from the book of Kells.

The top layer of the slate has left in places, removing the rust color on fragments of the pattern but I’m not too dissatisfied with the result.

Granite is fantastic

It was nice last weekend so I couldn’t stay scribbling in my workshop, I had to enjoy the garden a bit.
And I undertook to decorate the alley with various motifs, directly engraved in the slabs.

Starting at the end

and then trying a basic knotwork pattern

it’s still quite long to do, granite is not easily incised, I will think about new patterns for next weekend if the weather continues.


Once checked, the pattern of interlacing on my last nesting box is not terrible…

this is the construction :

the result (that can be seen carved on the birdhouse) :
and the analysis that proves that it is made of 2 knots !! Shame on me…
For the next one, I’ll be working more upstream on the knot pattern.
Or maybe I’ll make another kind of decoration.
in any case, don’t tell the chickadees, they might refuse to come nest there! 😉
and if you want to embark on the drawing of knots, 2 places are available for my workshop at Welkenraedt!
Alternatively, you can also play with the automatic knotting tool available in the site resources.

birhouse encore

One can’t spend all his time making nest boxes when there are calligraphy courses to come!
But one can’t spend all his time doing calligraphy while the chickadees are looking for places to nest!

So I made a balcony nesting box with a celtic knotwork pattern on the front, in order to match the two constraints.