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Saturday, 14 November 2015

The Day of Crafts | A visit to the workshop of Wood carver Patrick Damiaens | De Dag van de Ambachten 2015 | A Wood Carving Demonstration

Patrick Damiaens | Ornamental Woodcarver

 A visit to the workshop of Wood carver Patrick Damiaens |
 De Dag van de Ambachten 2015 | A Wood Carving Demonstration

On 22 November 2015, the 9th edition of  ‘The Day of Crafts’
 (Dag van de Ambachten).

The Day of Crafts (Dag van de ambachten), is a unique and completely free event organized throughout Belgium, it gives artisans the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge.
In addition, the general public can meet these passionate Craftsman and Woman who  are master in their craft and promoting Belgian Craftsmanship. Being a true reference in the sector, I am pleased that this event continues to exist.
The craft sector is bursting with talent, of persons for whom passion is contagious.
I invite you to enjoy this exceptional day.


This is my 8th participation in this event, 
I wish you a wonderful "Day of Crafts 2015 '!

Our studio is open from 10:00 - 17:00.

You are more than welcome.

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Sunday, 1 November 2015

Hotel de Coninck in Ghent | Museum of Design Ghent | Furniture from Liege | 17th and 18th century style interiors and rooms.

Hotel de Coninck in Ghent | Museum of Design Ghent

Hotel de Coninck in Ghent,
  Museum of Design
17th and 18th century style interiors and rooms.

A while ago I visited the city of Ghent (Belgium), a beautiful city full of amazing buildings. Ghent is “The best of both worlds”, a combination of the best from Antwerp and the best from Bruges,(two other Belgian cities) that is what CNN says on its website, and it is completely true.

In this blog article we will visit the Hotel de Coninck or “the Design Museum”.  As always, our focus is on the17th and 18th century decorative pieces of art, rooms and historic interiors.

 The Museum of Decorative Arts 

Hotel de Coninck, the Design Museum in Ghent

The Museum of Decorative Art-Hotel de Coninck, the Design Museum in Ghent, has its origins in the “Association of Industrial and Decorative Arts” founded in 1903 in Ghent. It was first housed in the Academy of Fine Arts, in the Academy Street. In 1922-1923 the collection was transferred to the Hotel de Coninck when the city bought the building. But just until 1958 the city also assumed the administration of the collection.

In 1754 the Hotel de Coninck was included in the list of buildings to protect. The conservation works started a little bit after, the side wall bears the anchors in the year 1755. The building itself is a very impressive example of the typical Flemish Bourgeois architecture from the 18th century. The request was filed in 1754 by a certain De Brouwer, but according to an inscription in the salon J. F. Allaert, the house was in possession of Ferdinand de Coninck since 1761.  

The person who has the opportunity to walk in the museum feels that he/she is immersing in the world of an 18th century rich family from Ghent
The rooms with authentic parquet floors and paneled walls and ceilings are decorated with rich furniture from the period. In May 1992 the new wing of the Design Museum in Ghent was officially opened. The building was designed by the architect Willy Verstraete. The unique pieces that were patiently gathered since the mid-1970 were preserved, in order to be exhibited. The Museum has a new building that is worth to see. From the courtyard to an 18th century façade that has been completely reconstructed. Behind it, a light and airy modern building. The unique find is a huge hydraulic lift in the central part of the building; this makes the floors more reachable. The potential to involve the audience in an exciting play of changing levels is almost unique. The collections of the “old” museum comprise furniture from the 17th and the 18th centuries, displayed in the stylish interior of the Hotel de Coninck.

Dining room at the Hotel de Coninck | Woodcarvings of  J. F. Allaert.

Dining room of the sculpture J. F. Allaert.

An Absolute highlight is the unique dining room where the wooden chandeliers –work of the Ghentse sculptor J. F. Allaerts- hangs on its original site. Other rooms are decorated with 18th century wall paintings or are lined with silk wall coverings. The lighting is provided by 18th century crystal chandeliers. Family characters have their portraits hanging on the walls, like the French King Louis XVIII, who also stablished the office located between the fine collection and the French furniture.

The staircase of Hotel de Coninck.

The newel (a central pole or support column) is decorated with a powerful volute, extended horizontally on a round base, where a goat is resting. The connection to the handrail is made by a bended pole with a braid motif and a garland of flowers. It is crowned by a magnificent carved ram’s head. 
The handrail is supported by a rectangular upwardly recessed, fluted baluster-shaped. The start of the staircase wall with its grooved plinth, his powerful volute and sculpted goat as a graceful counterpoise to the head pole. The stairway wall is decorated with wood paneling consisting in alternately of rectangular panels and fluted pilasters crowned with a rosette. The flutes include bar work. The most important part of the paneling contains a medallion with the image of Josef II.

 17th and 18th century style interiors and rooms | staircase

Style rooms at the Hotel de Coninck

Through the staircase we reach the first floor. Here you will find a hall of honor, which is surrounded by all kinds of style rooms: the Empire room, the Louis XVIII hall, the hall of Bishop Lobkowitz, the hall Ferdinand Scribe, a Director hall with paintings and a room with grisailles from the Boudelo Abbey. All of these rooms contain beautiful chimneys and various objects in the Lodewijk- or later styles.

Translation: Lis Alvarado

17th and 18th century style interior and rooms.

Museum of Design Ghent

17th and 18th century style interior and rooms.

Wood chandelier from J. F. Allaert

Website: Design Museum Ghent  http://www.designmuseumgent.be


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Thursday, 1 October 2015

Family heraldic crests and blazons in wood | Coat of arms carved in wood | Your own carved family coat of arms

Heraldic Family crests in wood | Heraldic Sculptor

Wood carved crests and blazons
Your own carved family coat of arms  


Welcome to my blog, my name is Patrick Damiaens and I am a full-time ornamental wood carver – but I am too a Heraldic woodcarver or Sculptor.

My activities focus on a single purpose, “ornamentation and decoration in wood”, and this in a wide range of applications; and I perform these tasks for an international clientele. I also offer short and long-term training programs / wood carving courses, if you have any questions about my work or training, we are always happy to help you.

Patrick Damiaens’ woodcarving workshop is located in the historic town of Maaseik (B) close to the Dutch border and just steps away from Germany. The workshop was stablished in 1990 and since then, the studio has acquired a good reputation in the design, manufacture, copying and restoration, with the different uses of carvings and ornaments in wood.

The work in the studio is divided into different categories.

There is the manufacturing of unique style furniture, specializing in furniture from the 18th century Liège style; another specialty is performing heraldic coats of arms, crests in wood.

Patrick Damiaens heraldic woodcarver.

Heraldic Family coat of arms carved in wood are one of my specialties. It is always a personal challenge to be able to carve a family crest in wood. Heraldry is a very interesting topic and I'm always happy to begin a new assignment for a heraldic crest or blazon . You get to know interesting people that attract your attention with "their" fascinating family story or history. And for me, personally, it is always nice to hear that they appreciate my professionalism and the quality of my work.

Each heraldic coat of arms is different. Usually it starts with an example as a source of inspiration that, in the form of a drawing, old sketch, or even by a seal ring is provided by the customer. Our clients are common individuals or from the nobility; but sometimes it happens that it is the assignment from an agency, association or company or even the government.
A wood carved Municipal arms or city arms
; a memorial panel for an association or a wooden logo for a company is possible too. Sometimes we need to solve small and/or big problems in conjunction with the customer, in order to achieve a particular result. 

To respect the wishes of our national and international clientele, we cannot show you all the coats of arms that have been manufactured in our heraldic carving workshop.

Translation: Lis Alvarado
These are some examples

The Meinhold” heraldic Coat of Arms in wood (France)
Wood carved coat of arms, family Leppens (Belgium)

Coat of arms, emblems, municipal and city coat of arms carved in wood.

Miniature family coat of arms carved in wood (Netherlands)
Gravestein” coat of arms on wood panel (Netherlands)
Family heraldic crests and blazons in wood (detail)
Crest carved in wood | American eagle carved in wood
The Cardone family coat of arms (US)
The Cornielje family crest carved in wood (Switzerland)
The ADAMS family coat of arms (Germany)

The Bonelli di Salci family Crest carved in wood (Italy)
Concordia Archery association, in Peer (Belgium)
Your own carved family coat of arms

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.