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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Egg-and-dart molding carved in wood | Custom Carved Mouldings | Architectural carving | Egg-and-tongue moulding hand carved


Egg-and-tongue moulding carved in wood

Egg-and-dart molding 
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Egg-and-tongue moulding
carved in wood
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Egg-and-tongue or Egg-and-dart moulding is an extremely popular and decorative ornamental device, which dates back to ancient Greek architecture and was later incorporated in Roman architecture as well. Egg-and-tongue moulding is often combined with other types of moulding, such as tooth-shaped moulding and bead moulding. The moulding has a quarter round shape and is called ‘Ovolo’.



This creates friezes with different variations, which, when seen in floodlight, deliver quite a spectacular view. Egg-and-tongue moulding is an intricate and almost indispensable part of Ionic capitals.
All later styles that emulated the classical period, again glorified the egg-and-tongue moulding.
The reason why egg-and-tongue moulding has never completely vanished from the scene is thanks to the fact that it combines quite well with other adornments.
The motif of the egg-and-tongue moulding consists of an egg-shaped element which is embedded into a frame and is repeated, in order to form a string of “eggs” with a simple leaf-shaped element in between each egg. 
In later style periods, the leaf-shape slowly evolved into an arrowhead or anchor between the “eggs”. Some historians are under the assumption that the egg-and-tongue moulding represents the duality of life, wherein the egg is the symbol for life and the arrow is the symbol for death. Regardless of whether or not this is true, it remains an incredibly beautiful motif.
Egg-and-tongue moulding can be carved in wood or in stone, but can also be modelled in plaster.


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Carving egg-and-tongue - Egg-and-dart
 moulding in wood
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Custom Carved Mouldings


This exceptionally small egg-and-tongue moulding was carved for an English interior architecture and design agency. The moulding’s dimensions are as small as 1x1 cm, which shows the subtle and delicate nature of the carving. I already had the pleasure of carving several examples for this design agency and this version particularly appealed to them. A number of straight and curved egg-and-tongue mouldings were carved in beech wood. 
These will serve as ‘model’ for a number of silicone moulds. With the help of these moulds, approximately 100 meters of this subtle egg-and-tongue moulding will be cast in resin and will be guilded afterwards.
These mouldings will then be incorporated into the mahogany interior (doors and paneling) of a superyacht (Monaco).


Miniature, Egg-and-dart molding carved in wood

Egg-and-tongue moulding hand carved
 
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Thursday, 10 April 2014

The MEINHOLD family coat of arms carved in wood | Heraldic Woodcarving | Family crest carved in limewood

Family coat of arms carved in wood
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The MEINHOLD family coat of arms carved in wood


Patrick Damiaens
Heraldic Wood Carver


MEINHOLD Family, Germany
  














Heraldic wood carving

One of my specialties is the carving of Heraldic family coat of arms and Crests in wood. To carve a family coat of arms in wood is a bit of a personal challenge for me. Heraldry is a most interesting subject and I always look forward to taking on new assignments involving heraldic Coat of Arms.

You learn about interesting people that captivate the imagination, all of whom have their own fascinating life story or family history. And for me personally it’s always nice to hear that my craftsmanship and quality are greatly appreciated.

Every heraldic coat of arms is different. Most of the time, it starts with an example that serves as a source of inspiration in the form of a drawing, an old sketch or some photographic material delivered to me by the client.
In some cases it occurs that the design for the family coat of arms is not entirely suited as the blueprint for the carving of it in wood.
This might be due to the fact that the design is in a format which is a lot smaller than what the client had in mind (e.g. a large heraldic panel), in which case the family coat of arms has to be redesigned. If one were to simply enlarge the small design, the proportions or the composition of the design would be distorted.


Family crest carved in limewood

Usually things have to be added to the composition in order to make better use of the available space. It might also be that there is no logic to how the mantling was arranged, and it’s entirely possible that the design was never meant to be carried out in wood. After all, wood has its limitations.

It is equally important that the relief fits the dimensions of the coat of arms.
We always try to resolve these small and sometimes larger issues together with the client.

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Where does the name come from?







The today’s family name „Meinhold“ is a modification of the Old High German first name „maganwalt“, which means as far as power, force and violence and mastery. As a family name appears for example „Meynold“ already as of 830. But it exists a multitude of others dialect varieties such as the affectionate form „Meinl“, „Meinel“ or „Meinelt“, which were hand down as of 1391 and which were furthermore relevant.

As the family name Meinhold was originally a first name, it is no wonder that not all of the 3000 people living today with the same family name „Meinhold“ descended from the same person. Inversely it is possible, that a name-bearer „Meinel“ is akin with a name-bearer „Meinhold“.

The considered family name Meinhold, which can be easily backtracked into the sixteenth century, is a typical example of the modification of a family name, subject to time and location.
Like this, our oldest representative was called Peter Meinel. He was born around 1526 and lived in Tiefenloh next to Neudeck in West Bohemia. One of his grandchildren, who was born in 1583 in Hochofen near Neudeck (Adam Meinel) is with a probality bordering on certainty identical with the Adam Meinolt, born in Neudeck and married in Sosa near Eibenstock in 1608 in Saxony.
Adam's grandchild Gabriel on the other hand, immigrated from Sosa to Gera (in Thuringia). He was called from now on Meinhold, like all of his manly descendants today.



Which profession did actually the first Meinhold have?

Peter Meinel’s son Erasmus Meinel, who was born around 1555, was gamekeeper and merchant in Hochofen next to Neudeck in Bohemia. So he was a kind of forest supervisor, jar and tableware seller. His son Adam, who was born 1583 in Hochofen as Adam Meinel, lived as of 1608 in Sosa as a forger, like many of his descendants. Such as Adam's grandchild Gabriel Meinhold, who was born in Sosa 1641 and who administrated the job of blacksmith as of 1670 in Gera. Gabriel's son Christianus Meinhold, who was born in 1682 in Gera, succeeds to take part of the middle classes and arrived 1705 as a pharmacist from Gera in Stettin in Pomerania. 
His descendants were since then chemist, clergymen, professors, teachers or also estate owner. It is eye-catching how often parts of the Meinhold family were gone to take up residence far away. Nowadays, it is not possible to say if this was the reason of business or religion (or both). The Protestant faith, which was already practiced by our ancestor, could be the leading reason, because of the confessional conflict in the past centuries.

Meinhold Family crest
And the coat of arms?

The coat of arms of the Pomeranian line of succession was documented for the first time in 1709 by  the Stettin pharmacist Christianus Meinhold. Corresponding to the “90th German genealogical almanac”, it shows an argentiferous anchor in blue colour near two golden Roses.  On the helmet with a blue-silvered cover, three foliated rose branches with each one flower. Besides that, the slogan of the Meinhold Family: „faithful and true!“, which was either the background of the coat of arms or the other way around, it was derived from it. Because the anchor is a synonym for fidelit

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HERALDIC WOOD CARVING
Carving a Heraldic Coat of Arms in lime wood.
Different steps.

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The heraldic drawing, is placed on to the wood


Modelling of the Mantling

Heraldic wood carving



The carved hemet sign

Left side of the mantling


Heraldic Wood Carving

 MEINHOLD family coat of arms carved in wood, detail

The MEINHOLD family coat of arms carved in wood


Custom-made  Family Coat of arms, Heraldry and Crests .  
-Coat of Arms carved in wood for Royalty and Nobility , particular family  , emblems for clubs, city ,company or organisations...
-They are unique carved  and if required painted individual .
You can customize the size, the relief, type of wood ,look and decide in the realization of your family Coat of Arms.
Working from the designs and sketches provided by the client. If necessary , we design a coat of arms for you.
-Each carved Coat of Arms or Crest that Patrick Damiaens produces is signed, dated,  and the final result has the highest quality standards. Each coat of arms is carved from the finest, oak ,Limewood, or beech.

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