Icon Carvings

Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln
Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln

Carvings

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 mail@aidanharticons.com or phone 01743 792555 to discuss your ideas and get a quote.

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Recent Additions
Portaitissa
Portaitissa click image to enlarge
Silver episcopal staff / crosier for the Patriarch of Russia
Silver episcopal staff / crosier for the Patriarch of Russia click image to enlarge
Limestone carving of the Virgin Hodegetria, Omaha, Illinois
Limestone carving of the Virgin Hodegetria, Omaha, Illinois click image to enlarge
Stoup for Fisher House, Cambridge
Stoup for Fisher House, Cambridge click image to enlarge
Altar for Fisher House, Cambridge
Altar for Fisher House, Cambridge click image to enlarge
The Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln: carved in limestone, polychromed and gilded
The Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln: carved in limestone, polychromed and gilded click image to enlarge
Memorial stone
Memorial stone click image to enlarge
St Nicholas Kivitos
St Nicholas Kivitos click image to enlarge
Maquette for a stone carving of Our Lady of Lincoln for Lincoln Cathedral
Maquette for a stone carving of Our Lady of Lincoln for Lincoln Cathedral click image to enlarge
St Mary Magdalene and Christ
St Mary Magdalene and Christ click image to enlarge
Doors for St Mary Magdalene Russian Orthodox Church, Madrid
Doors for St Mary Magdalene Russian Orthodox Church, Madrid click image to enlarge
The Four Evangelists
The Four Evangelists click image to enlarge
St Cuthbert (with otter and raven): carved in limewood, polychromed and gilded
St Cuthbert (with otter and raven): carved in limewood, polychromed and gilded click image to enlarge
Carving

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.


Saint Seraphim of Sarov: carved in limewood, polychromed and gilded
Saint Seraphim of Sarov: carved in limewood, polychromed and gilded click image to enlarge

Encolpion, Our Lady of the Sign
Encolpion, Our Lady of the Sign click image to enlarge
Christ Pantocrator, polychrome carving
Christ Pantocrator, polychrome carving click image to enlarge
Cupboard, Iviron, Athos
Cupboard, Iviron, Athos click image to enlarge
Bishops throne, Stoke on Trent
Bishops throne, Stoke on Trent click image to enlarge
Censer container, Iviron, Athos
Censer container, Iviron, Athos click image to enlarge
Censer holder, Iviron, Athos
Censer holder, Iviron, Athos click image to enlarge
Miracle of the Fish (Iviron Monastery, Mt. Athos)
Miracle of the Fish (Iviron Monastery, Mt. Athos) click image to enlarge
Priest’s blessing cross
Priest’s blessing cross click image to enlarge
Grave cross with St Herman, Oxford
Grave cross with St Herman, Oxford click image to enlarge
Grave cross, Oxford
Grave cross, Oxford click image to enlarge
Crucifix, detail
Crucifix, detail click image to enlarge
Crucifix, deisis
Crucifix, deisis click image to enlarge
Cross, school in Belfast
Cross, school in Belfast click image to enlarge
St John of Kronstadt
St John of Kronstadt click image to enlarge
Pendant, Christ
Pendant, Christ click image to enlarge
Reliquary for St Charalambos, Iviron monastery, Athos
Reliquary for St Charalambos, Iviron monastery, Athos click image to enlarge
Lettering
Lettering click image to enlarge
Icon Shrine, Highgrove
Icon Shrine, Highgrove click image to enlarge
Organ case panel, More, Shropshire
Organ case panel, More, Shropshire click image to enlarge
St Michael
St Michael click image to enlarge
St Edmund’s Reliquary
St Edmund’s Reliquary click image to enlarge
St Edmund’s Reliquary
St Edmund’s Reliquary click image to enlarge
Stone altar
(Shrewsbury, U.K.)
Stone altar (Shrewsbury, U.K.) click image to enlarge
Casing for the Portaitissa Icon
(Iviron, Mt. Athos)
Casing for the Portaitissa Icon (Iviron, Mt. Athos) click image to enlarge
Portaitissa Mother of God
(Istanbul, Turkey)
Portaitissa Mother of God (Istanbul, Turkey) click image to enlarge
Christ with St Christopher and St Joanna
Christ with St Christopher and St Joanna click image to enlarge
Wooden Mosaic Floor in Monastery Chapel
Wooden Mosaic Floor in Monastery Chapel click image to enlarge
Romanesque styled cross, in limewood
(Bath, U.K.)
Romanesque styled cross, in limewood (Bath, U.K.) click image to enlarge
Three Stylites
Three Stylites click image to enlarge
Tree of Life crucifix
Tree of Life crucifix click image to enlarge
Romanesque Cross
Romanesque Cross click image to enlarge
Tombstone
Tombstone click image to enlarge
Ivory (recycled), 5cm high
Ivory (recycled), 5cm high click image to enlarge
Joachim and Anna
Joachim and Anna click image to enlarge
Detail of Vladimir Mother of God
(limewood)
Detail of Vladimir Mother of God (limewood) click image to enlarge
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