On this page are examples of stone and woodcarvings and woodwork undertaken for clients. Click on one of the icon photos to see a larger image in a new window.
Prices vary according to size and complexity, so please contact Aidan at email@example.com or phone 01743 792555 to discuss your ideas and get a quote.
Further carvings may be seen at www.aidanhart.co.
All images are copyright and can not be used for any purpose without permission.
Although most people think of icons as painted, there is also a very strong tradition of icons in relief carving. The oldest known icons are carved sarcophagi (e.g. that in St. Maria Antiqua, Rome, dating from around 270). The carved wooden doors of St. Sabina’s in Rome were made in 432. The wood I carve from depends in part on the size and use. Boxwood is good for very small items. Other woods I use for larger works are cherry (a rich brownish red), lime (light coloured and little distinctive grain) and oak. I have also used bone and ivory (old and recycled!). Some people like the carving to be painted and gilded. Common uses for carved icons are pendants, grave crosses and tombstones, reliquaries, travelling diptychs or triptychs, icon screens, the cross as support for the seven lamps often found on the altar, and portable icons hung up and venerated exactly as portable painted icons.