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Thursday, 1 October 2015

Family heraldic crests and blazons in wood | Coat of arms carved in wood | Your own carved family coat of arms

Heraldic Family crests in wood | Heraldic Sculptor

Wood carved crests and blazons
Your own carved family coat of arms  


Welcome to my blog, my name is Patrick Damiaens and I am a full-time ornamental wood carver – but I am too a Heraldic woodcarver or Sculptor.

My activities focus on a single purpose, “ornamentation and decoration in wood”, and this in a wide range of applications; and I perform these tasks for an international clientele. I also offer short and long-term training programs / wood carving courses, if you have any questions about my work or training, we are always happy to help you.

Patrick Damiaens’ woodcarving workshop is located in the historic town of Maaseik (B) close to the Dutch border and just steps away from Germany. The workshop was stablished in 1990 and since then, the studio has acquired a good reputation in the design, manufacture, copying and restoration, with the different uses of carvings and ornaments in wood.

The work in the studio is divided into different categories.

There is the manufacturing of unique style furniture, specializing in furniture from the 18th century Liège style; another specialty is performing heraldic coats of arms, crests in wood.

Patrick Damiaens heraldic woodcarver.

Heraldic Family coat of arms carved in wood are one of my specialties. It is always a personal challenge to be able to carve a family crest in wood. Heraldry is a very interesting topic and I'm always happy to begin a new assignment for a heraldic crest or blazon . You get to know interesting people that attract your attention with "their" fascinating family story or history. And for me, personally, it is always nice to hear that they appreciate my professionalism and the quality of my work.

Each heraldic coat of arms is different. Usually it starts with an example as a source of inspiration that, in the form of a drawing, old sketch, or even by a seal ring is provided by the customer. Our clients are common individuals or from the nobility; but sometimes it happens that it is the assignment from an agency, association or company or even the government.
A wood carved Municipal arms or city arms
; a memorial panel for an association or a wooden logo for a company is possible too. Sometimes we need to solve small and/or big problems in conjunction with the customer, in order to achieve a particular result. 

To respect the wishes of our national and international clientele, we cannot show you all the coats of arms that have been manufactured in our heraldic carving workshop.

These are some examples

The Meinhold” heraldic Coat of Arms in wood (France)
Wood carved coat of arms, family Leppens (Belgium)

Coat of arms, emblems, municipal and city coat of arms carved in wood.

Miniature family coat of arms carved in wood (Netherlands)
Gravestein” coat of arms on wood panel (Netherlands)
Family heraldic crests and blazons in wood (detail)
Helmetsign carved in wood | American eagle carved in wood
The Cardone family coat of arms (US)
The Cornielje family crest carved in wood (Switzerland)
The ADAMS family coat of arms (Germany)

The Bonelli di Salci family Crest carved in wood (Italy)
Concordia Archery association, in Peer (Belgium)

Custom-made  Family Coat of arms, Heraldry and Crests .  
Coat of Arms carved in wood for Royalty and Nobility , particular family  , emblems for clubs, city ,company or organisations...
They are unique carved  and if required painted individual .

You can customize the size, the relief, type of wood ,look and decide in the realization of your family Coat of Arms.
Working from the designs and sketches provided by the client. If necessary , we design a coat of arms for you.
Each carved Coat of Arms or Crest that Patrick Damiaens produces is signed, dated,  and the final result has the highest quality standards. Each coat of arms is carved from the finest, oak ,Limewood, or beech.


Tuesday, 15 September 2015

The Palace of Bruchsal | German Palace | A castle in Baden-Württemberg | Interior in Baroque and Rococo periods.

The Palace - Castle of Bruchsal

Bruchsal Palace  
A Castle-Palace in Baden-Württemberg 
 Interior in Baroque and Rococo periods.

In this blog article we will visit the Bruchsal Castle - Palace in in Baden-Württemberg, a special big castle with an interior decoration in Baroque and Rococo periods.  

The city of Bruchsal is located in the west of Germany, in the area of in Baden-Württemberg; you will practically cross it when you're on your holiday’s trip, driving out of Belgium,the Netherlands or Luxemburg on your way to southern Germany, Austria and Italy, Bruchsal is located at the E52 near Karlsruhe.
It is really worthwhile to stop there for a moment; the city has much to offer in terms of history and the Castle of Bruchsal with its baroque interior worth a visit.
The castle houses the German music box museum. A short break during your busy highway-trip, where you can enjoy culture and have something to eat in the Castle restaurant. Highly recommended.

The Castle - Palace of Bruchsal

The Palace of Bruchsal | The entrance

Bruchsal Castle.

Bruchsal Castle was founded in 1720 as a residence for the prince-bishops of Speyer. Four of them have Bruchsal Castle built during the 18th Century, inhabited and the final was 80 years at the center of their absolute dominion and power.
Under the supervision of Cardinal Damian Hugo von Schönborn a complex of 50 buildings were built; the main building with two wings from Loss Burger sandstone is the absolute eye-catcher.

Colorful, fur and festive, that's the first impression you get when entering the 'cour d'honneur, the courtyard wedged between the three main buildings of the castle complex. The buildings are richly decorated, painted and fitted with gilded stucco. The two roof ends of the main building are very beautifully made and decorated with impressive dragons forged in metal.

Oval staircase, Balthasar Neumann

The famous Baroque architect Balthasar Neumann (1687-1753), was one of the architects who gave shape to the castle, along with many craftsmen and artists in stucco specialist who previously had worked with him in the construction of the 'Residenz "in Würzburg.
Around 1728 Balthazar Neumann designed his famous oval staircase in Baroque style for his client. A staircase unique in its kind. Two oval staircases run up on each side facing each other. 
The stairway ends impressively under a huge painted dome.

The Palace of Bruchsal |  The Prince Hall

Interior in Baroque and Rococo periods.

In the middle room with adjacent two ballrooms, the Prince Hall and the Marble Hall. 
Upon completion of the work in 1750 Schönborn's successor, Cardinal Franz Christoph von Hutten, gave the rooms a German Rococo style decoration. This work was completed in 1760.

The wall and ceiling paintings obviously have a Christian theme and all this combined with the gilded stucco and scagliola has become a very tasteful work.

 Interior in Baroque and Rococo periods.

The Palace of Bruchsal | Gilded Rococo Ornaments

The Marble Hall, Palace of Bruchsal
In the aftermath of the Second World War the castle interior was almost completely destroyed. Fortunately, the structural part of the stairwell survived the bombing of March 1, 1945. Fortunately, archives and a detailed archived photo preserved from the 19th and 20th centuries were used for the reconstruction of the castle, as original as possible. 
After visiting the palace’s corps de logis (main part of the building), we recommend you pay a visit to the German Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments and the Bruchsal City Museum.

Translation Lis Alvardo

Bruchsal Castle Opening hours:

Tue to Sun. 10:00 to 17:00

Entrance fee: adults 5 Euro


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