I recently had the chance to make some wooden crowns for a seminarian planning his wedding. I had occasionally seen wooden crowns in recent Orthodox weddings and so I knew it was not completely an innovation. In discussion with the patron we decided on a tiara form, which would include a miniature stone icon and some ornamental stones. The crowns were first turned in maple by a wood turner, giving me a wide wooden ring. I then shaped the crowns, carved the ornamentation and proceeded to also carve and insert the stone miniatures. Finally I shaped and added the small wooden cross on the top.
Because of the sobriety of the material I chose to design a more playful and lighter ornamentation than what I would usually tend to do. Still, I left the ornamentation flat instead of shaping it as actual leaf and branch patterns in order to focus the most detailed carving in the icon which sits in the center.
These came out really well. It was a structurally daring idea to make such a think out of wood, but it’s really successful. They do not appear so delicate that one fears breakage, nor so heavy as to look clumsy compared to metal crowns. That’s a difficult balance to achieve.
what a treasure for any couple! beautiful work:) In Christ, Cherie
Glorious work. If they could be prepared for reasonable prices, such pairs of crowns would certainly be a lovely family tradition to pass along down the generations, being more durable that the various plant wreath crowns more commmon in the southern regions of Europe and the Levant.
This crowns are so much beautiful.Really nice photography. pictures for weddings