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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Rolandus-Hagedoorn Family COAT OF ARMS carved in limewood | Netherlands | A Coat of Arms-Crest carved in wood, painted and gilded

Rolandus-Hagedoorn Family COAT OF ARMS carved in limewood

Carving Heraldic family coats of arms in wood

As a woodcarver, one of my specialties is the carving of Heraldic family coats of arms and Crests in wood. To carve a family coat of arms in wood is a bit of a personal challenge for me. Heraldry is a most interesting subject and I always look forward to taking on new assignments involving heraldic Coat of Arms.

You learn about interesting people that captivate the imagination, all of whom have their own fascinating life story or family history. And for me personally, it’s always nice to hear that my craftsmanship and quality are greatly appreciated.

Every heraldic coat of arms is different. Most of the time, it starts with an example that serves as a source of inspiration in the form of a drawing, an old sketch or some photographic material delivered to me by the client.
In some cases it occurs that the design for the family coat of arms is not entirely suited as the blueprint for the carving of it in wood. 

This might be due to the fact that the design is in a format which is a lot smaller than what the client had in mind (e.g. a large heraldic panel), in which case the family coat of arms has to be redesigned. If one were to simply enlarge the small design, the proportions or the composition of the design would be distorted.

Usually things have to be added to the composition in order to make better use of the available space. It might also be that there is no logic to how the mantling was arranged, and it’s entirely possible that the design was never meant to be carried out in wood. After all, wood has its limitations.

It is equally important that the relief fits the dimensions of the coat of arms.
We always try to resolve these small and sometimes larger issues together with the client.

The Rolandus-Hagedoorn family coat of arms

Barred helmets: of Dutch origin – in three-quarter view - the use of two helmets reflects the influence of German nobility.

The wreath: in the colours of the mantling – has the same function as the crown, namely keeping the mantling in place.

The crown: golden headgear, decorated with gemstones – three leafs and two pearls are set on the tips of the crown – the sign of a count.

The helmetsign-crest: on the right: Hagedoorn (Hawthorn) – on the left: Rolandus 

Mantling: on the right: silver and vert (green) – on the left: silver and gules

Shield: the design originates from the 15th-16th century. A triple crown tree (hawthorn) in its natural colour against a silver background and a knight in suit of armour (Rolandus) against a gules background and a silver snake against an azure (blue) background.

The Rolandus-Hagedoorn family lives in the Netherlands and the family history dates all the way back to 900 AD. The dimensions of the coat of arms are 90 x 85 cm. It is carved in limewood and is emblazoned in its proper tinctures.

Patrick Damiaens, Heraldic Woodcarver
Carving a coat of arms in limewood, various stages.

Drawing the design of the coat of arms on to the wood

Sawing the mantling in wood

Carving a heraldic coat of arms of wood

Modelling the mantling, limewood

Carving the helmet and crest in limewood
Helmet and Crest (limewood)

The shield of the coat of arms, limewood

The shield, carved in limewood

The coat of arms in limewood ,finished

Applying the heraldic colors

Family Crest - coat of arms carved in limewood

Family crest Rolandus Hagedoorn, limewood

Family coat of arms carved in wood



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