Rowan Ogham Fews and a Barn Owl
These are for a lovely local woman whose site you may have stumbled across from my blog: Red Moon Keeper. She made me one of her amazingly gorgeous necklaces and in return I just had to make her something equally beautiful back! As she coveted my detailed ogham staves I agreed to make a set for her with a box to match. The box is pyrographed with a Barn Owl sitting in a Rowan tree with the Ogham alphabet in the fish-tail font wrapped around the sides. The staves themselves are made from Rowan wood I cut myself from the forest, cured, sanded then carved, woodburned, and painted. I personally do not like or believe in varnishing wood so these are finished with raw linseed oil and my own wood balm made with almond and linseed oils as well as preserving Cedar and Lavender essential oils – and of course my blessing oil.
The entire process, not including the curing of the wood, takes about a week in total from start to finish working on them every day. Counting curing the wood it took me about a month. I know what you’re thinking, “these are lovely – can I have a set?” Unfortunately the answer is no — I will not be making these anymore due to all the time and work involved, but I will be making plain carved ones with the ogham runes traditionally reddened along with Furthark runes traditionally carved and reddened as well.