Caol Áit

There is a Celtic concept of Caol Áit, which means the thin place, or the thin veil between worlds.  The worlds being referred to are those of the living, and the dead, and at the times and places when the worlds are close, it allows communication between these worlds.  It also can be regarded as a place where the living are able to have better communication with the Divine.

It is a really interesting concept from what is a particularly spiritual culture, and one with such a recognisable visual artform.

The photo of Stonehenge is one of my own, from a time I was based in southern England, training at HMS SULTAN. I took time while there to locate and visit as many of the stone circles and other ancient sites as I could find across the lower portion of England.  Amazing places, an ancient culture.

Even my wedding ring is a celtic one – made in New Zealand from white and yellow gold.

So now taking both the celtic artfoms, and combining them with woodworking is nothing new, and something I have been planning on doing, particularly with the pyrography set.  But the concept of Caol Áit is particularly interesting and one I am interested in representing through a parallel concept I have been working on, trying to produce turned items (bowls and the like) that are as thin as possible – strong enough to perform their role and hold shape, but no more than that.

You can see where I’m going with this.  Producing a bowl or similar object that represents Caol Áit, the thin place between worlds, with pyrography used to decorate it with celtic designs.

This will be particularly interesting to produce.

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