These mighty oak doors have just been sent to Madrid, where they’re to be installed into the main entrance of the new Russian Orthodox Church of Mary Magdalene. The carvings are inspired by early Spanish designs with plants and birds that evoke the garden of Eden. On the inside of the door sixteen icons in gold leaf on patinated copper depict the major feasts of the Christian year. Aidan designed the doors and produced the copper icons. His assistant, Martin Earle, carved most of the panels under Aidan’s guidance. The joinery was by Worrall Joinery, and master blacksmith Frazer Picot hand forged the iron fittings.
April 1, 2013