MEANING: Coop’s carving of the pre-christian Celtic Wheel Cross symbolizes the four elements; air, fire, water and earth, the Triskelion in the center stands for the aspects of the Threefold Goddess; Maiden, Mother, Crone.
The wood burning of the horned moon, antlers and oak represent the Lord of the Forest, Green Man, Cernunnos, the primal, active force within all things, consort of the Goddess, balancing symbol of male energy in the divine. The band between the Horned God and the Maiden Goddess has Oak in Bloom while the band between the Crone and the Horned God has the fully developed acorn.
The 3 phases of the moon are held by Goddess figures. The figures represent the phase of the Goddess as the Maiden is slender with high breast, Mother is fuller hipped and breasted, Crone is wider and lower breasted, reflecting and celebrating the changes of our bodies throughout our lives.
The entwining Moonflower in it’s different states (blooming, flowering, and seedpods) flow between the bands reflect the phases of the Maiden, Mother, Crone.
Please note, this is a picture of a stock item that will be custom made for you and may take up to three weeks to produce. The wood burning will be slightly different from piece to piece, but it will contain the major themes mentioned above. If you wish to see exactly what you are getting, please look at other wood burnings that have OOAK (Original One of A Kind) in the item name.
The back of each arm is keyholed so you have the option of hanging it with any sign dominant.
THE CARVING: Our carvings are single pieces of western red cedar, designed and carved to be wall hangings. Each carving begins as a 1 X 12 inch cedar board. While we use power tools (Scroll Saw, Rotary shaft Tool, handheld detail sanders etc.), we use no laser’s, CNC machines or computer operated cutting machines. All work is done with our hands and eyes…
We cut the 2 dimensional blanks with scroll and jig saws (double-sized custom orders have to be cut with jigsaw). Carving is done with rotary shaft tools and disc grinders. The 80 grit sanding is the final phase of the carving process, removing the nicks and gouges from the carving tools, and finishes the shaping of the weave. The next 2 sandings with 120 then 220 grit finishes the smoothing and polishing. They are finished with Clear Danish Oil to seal the piece, bringing out the grain and the color.