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 un-sanded 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. Dylan also makes flat boards from best grade birch ply, linened and gessoed, available 15mm or 25mm thick.
The hand making of the boards produces a dovetail jointed rear truss and a border 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.
Icon boards are only sanded on the edges. The surface is not sanded.