Icon boards

Icon Boards

Dylan makes Icon boards to any size and shape specified by the Iconographer. The boards can be mailed to the UK or overseas. The boards are available gessoed or ungessoed. The gessoed board is edge sanded and the painting surface sanded or un-sanded (see fees below) for the Iconographer to prepare.

Lime or Tulip wood are used for the board, with braces made in European Oak, all woods are kiln dried and sourced from a small family sawmill in Herefordshire.  A board up to 15cm wide requires no Oak truss at the rear. Boards from 15 – 27.5cm require 1 truss and boards over 27.5cm require 2 trusses. Very large boards will require 3 trusses (over 100cm) Board trusses increase in width and thickness as specified in Aidan Harts book on Iconography. The eventual veneration of the Icon starts with the daily prayers in our workshop, the prayers of the iconographer during painting and the blessing of the priest on reaching its first church or home.

The hand making of the boards produces a dovetail jointed rear truss and a boarder to the front face, called a Kovtchec in Russian or Kivitos in Greek. The measurement of the Kivitos needs to be specified at the time of order , measured from the board edge to the top (front) of the 45 degree slope into the Icon board. The completed wood board can be purchased at this stage sanded all around to 180 grit finish.

Alternatively the board can be purchased gessoed.

The wood panels are primed with two coats of rabbit skin glue and then the linen is glued in place. The linen is coated twice with glue and whiting primer and allowed to dry, then a further fifteen coats of gesso applied. This takes place over six or so days.

We can make small boards, shaped boards, triptych’s and diptych’s, crosses, large boards, carved concave boards  and very large boards like those for Litchfield Cathedral. We can make 3-4m high hanging crosses.

Dylan can also mount an electronic copy of your Icon just send a good quality photograph we will arrange for Smith York to  print this using Epson printers that are highly acclaimed in the Fine Art printing industry.  These printers offer the ultimate in ink stability and an amazing colour range using the GICLEE printing method. This is a method of printing where no screen or other mechanical devices are used and therefore this is no visible dot screen pattern.  The image has all the tonalities and hues of the original painting. Special light-fast inks are used and if kept out of the sun will remain true for up to 50 years. The prints can be mounted on birch ply with painted edges or on a solid wood braced boards as an original Icon with a Kivitos. All prints are surface sprayed after mounting for protection.

Please email Christine (chris@dylanhartley.com) and she will send the current price sheet for standard sizes in Birch ply or solid wood, board sanding, print mounted Icons or for your proposed commission.

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