I discovered calligraphy through the study of Celtic decoration more than 27 years ago.
I go back in time and propose you to discover these decorations with their construction methods in an online course.
The English version will take place on February 27 and 28, 2021.
The French version will take place on February 20 and 21, 2021.
Coming soon a new online course on knotwork construction techniques.
And a little video to make you want to assist to this course (or not)
Long time since my last post. It’s because I’m preparing for the next workshop.
Working on my carolingian script
& on my knots
Not much time for calligraphy at the moment.
Just a little knotwork carved on a slate block.
The block is about 10 cm side, the pattern is taken from George Bain’s book.
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.
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
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.
Finally finished my models of initials of the Gospel of Lindisfarne!
Here is a small collection, to have the whole thing, you’ll have to come to the course in Welkenraedt : -)
I continue to explore the Gospel of Lindisfarne and, in addition to the initials, I also reproduce some decorative patterns.
I’m almost done, at least in terms of preparing for the workshop in Welkenraedt.