Carving a Modern Ogham Stone

Modern Ogham Stone

Victor’s Modern Ogham Stone

It’s interesting, as a sculptor in the twenty-first century, to get the chance to experiment with a type of stone-carving that was at its most popular in fifth-century Ireland. Ogham stones served as a means of commemorating someone, and the lines along the side of the stone spelled out their names, and sometimes details about property ownership, in the ancient Ogham alphabet, made up of a series of intersecting lines.

Holed Ogham Stones

This modern Ogham stone commission involved including a hole in the stone, a striking feature which is present on some of the original stones still standing in Ireland. Though there are not certainties about what the hole first signified, they say that you can renew marriage vows or seal contracts by touching thumbs through it!


Stillness in Stone: A West Cork Heron

Garden Ornament - Heron Sculpture

Hand-Carved Heron Garden Ornament

Herons are a familiar sight here in West Cork. Sometimes they make a sudden huge impression on you as they swoop past in their prehistoric style; at other times, their forms seem to emerge from the landscape as you look at it. The stillness of a heron standing in shallow water, or pausing in a garden, has an amazing quality to it.

In this project, stone became the medium for representing that captivating stillness.

Stone garden ornaments give a timeless quality to the well-planted garden. They always help to guide the eye and dramatise space, but when they represent local wildlife, they add another dimension, reminding us that we share our outdoor spaces with the birds and creatures around us.

We can only imagine what the local herons will make of their new neighbour when they come across him.

Stone and Leather Chair

Celti

Celtic Stone and Leather Chair Project

This stone and leather chair is a unique piece created for a private commission.

It’s an unusual way of bringing traditional stonecraft into the domestic space, and it is a real talking point in its new home!

Celtic Knot Sculpture

Celtic Knot Sculpture by Victor Daly

Celtic Knot Sculpture

The Celtic knot design, familiar to many from the illustrations used in the Book of Kells, remains a design classic.

Here the intricate, interlaced design is dramatically juxtaposed with the strength of stone .

Victor learnt his craft as a stone-carver when he was apprenticed into a family who had passed their skills down from generation to generation. He was the first person from outside the family to be trusted with those skills, and so this sculpture reflects the unbroken traditions of stone-carving and design in Ireland.