I love Celtic knot work. Complex patterns can be brought to life with highly specialized tools specifically made for intricate design. These specific instruments motivate me to do my best as I master the art of engraving.
Inspiration can come from many places, such as free-flowing shapes in nature, complicated, exquisite illustrations from ancient texts like The Book of Kells, or researching world-renowned artisans and tradesman. Designing and carving a new piece can take a few days, to many weeks, depending on its complexity.
Once I am happy with the design in wax, I follow specific steps to maximize the best outcome in metal as possible, from plaster mixing, to alloying, to casting the molten metal at its prime temperature.
These steps ensure fine detail and a strong structure.