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Sunday, 8 March 2015

Coat of arms and crests CARVED IN WOOD | HERALDIC WOOD CARVER | Emblems and Heraldry carved in wood


Carved, painted and gilded limewood Arms
Patrick Damiaens
 HERALDIC WOOD CARVER

Family Crest Coat of Arms
Heraldry and Carved Shields
















A selection of coats of arms carved, painted and gilded .
Examples of Crests and Coats of Arms recently carved in limewood by Heraldic sculptor Patrick Damiaens

Custom Carved coat of arms Wood Plaques

COATS OF ARMS CARVED IN WOOD


The Swiss Family Cornielje | Coat of arms carved in wood

Coat of arms carved in limewood for a Swiss Family

Emblems and Heraldry carved in wood



The coat of arms of the Dutch Family Rolandus-Hagedoorn carved in wood



Coat of Arms Wood Carvings or Custom Carved Wood Plaques

Personalize your coat of arms with a Custom Wood Carving. Carved wood plaques can be offered displaying your blazon of arms and family crest. 

WEBSITE Heraldic Wood Carver

 
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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Benedictine Abbey of St. Michael’s in Farnborough | Stolen framed prayers | Crypt of Emperor NAPOLEON III



Stolen framed prayers for the Crypt of Emperor NAPOLEON III

 Benedictine Abbey of St. Michael’s in Farnborough
 Stolen framed prayers
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Master wood-carver Patrick Damiaens from Maaseik (Belgium) has been chosen to make three unique wooden prayer frames for Farnborough Abbey in England.


By Denzil Walton for Flanders today  04-03-2015



A little over a year ago – between the 16th and 20th February, 2014 – the Benedictine Abbey of St. Michael’s in Farnborough, Hampshire, England received some visitors.

There was nothing unusual in this. Every year, thousands of people visit this magnificent 19th century abbey when it opens its doors to the public every Saturday afternoon.


Unfortunately, these particular visitors didn’t queue up at the abbey shop and pay their £3 for the one-hour guided tour. They broke into the abbey under cover of darkness, entered the crypt and stole historic framed prayers in French and Latin from the tomb of Prince Louis, son of Napoleon III (nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte).

Benedictine Abbey of St. Michael’s in Farnborough


Prince Imperial

Prince Napoléon Eugène Louis Jean Joseph Bonaparte (16 March 1856 – 1 June 1879) was the only child of Emperor Napoleon III of France. He died aged 23 while fighting for the British Army under Lord Chelmsford in the Zulu War in South Africa. He met a horrendous death, suffering 18 assegai spear wounds and a mutilated face.

When his body was retrieved from the battlefield a number of handwritten prayers were found in his wallet. These were returned to his mother, the Empress Eugénie, who had them engraved and mounted on specially commissioned wooden prayer frames. These were placed in the family’s crypt in Farnborough Abbey. Until their theft, they were used regularly by monks during mass.


Replacements necessary 


Despite all the efforts of local police and an international appeal amongst antique dealers, the prayer frames were not retrieved, so thoughts turned to their replacement.

“The prayer frames had been carved by an unknown wood-carver in incredible detail. Finding someone to make exact replicas was always going to be a difficult task,” said Abbott David Cuthbert Brogan. “However, after making some initial enquiries we came upon the internet site of Patrick Damiaens from Belgium. After seeing pictures of what he is capable of carving, and in particular the highly-detailed and delicate floral designs of which Patrick is such a master, we knew we had found someone capable of equalling, or maybe even exceeding, the work of the original craftsman.”

One of the stolen framed Prayers, Crypt Napoleon III
 

A challenge to rise to


Following discussions over capabilities, timing and costs, the job was given to Damiaens. “It was a great honour to be asked to carve replicas of these beautiful prayer frames,” he remarks. “I was also very excited about the challenge involved, as the level of intricacy and detail in the originals is exceptional. For much of the time I will be carving under a powerful magnifying glass!”

It’s a challenge he is keen to meet, explaining that he is always looking for jobs that push his techniques to the limit and force him to develop new skills. He will spend some time in museums in Paris acquainting himself more fully with original carvings done in the very ornate Napoleon III style. This includes detailed acanthus leaves, small satyrs and the emblems of the emperor. 

Napoleon III


Made from French walnut


The original prayer frames were made of walnut, as will the replacements. “Walnut is ideal for this type of job, thanks to its very fine grain,” Damiaens explains. He has already started working with his preferred furniture maker and has selected some ideal cuts of French walnut. The furniture-maker will make the frames and pass them onto Damiaens to carve. The largest of the three frames measures sixty by eighty centimetres.

Damiaens will be working from photographs of the originals. From these he will make his own technical illustrations, which will form the basis of his carvings. When the prayer frames are completed, he hopes to travel to Farnborough for their official unveiling in 2016.

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