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12" x 16" x 3"

Intertwined animals were often part of Celtic ornamentation. These interlacing reptiles are from the Book of Kells, where the original is just over 1/2" in diameter. Here, set into bookmatched Sitka spruce, the piece is made up of some 900 cut lines, each requiring up to l5 cutting strokes. Each half of this panel has 275 annular grain lines, which tells us that this slice of wood lived forty years before Mozart was born.

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