Pictish carvings have always interested me…
Pictish carvings have always interested me, so earlier this year I carved some Pictish symbols in the style of pre-Christian Class 1 stone carvings. The designs of the carvings were simply hand carved, or incised into the wood, in this case Wych Elm, with an oak base. The stones themselves usually have pairs of symbols together, and Class 1 stones are possibly re-used earlier standing stones.
I carved each symbol onto individual pieces of wood, rather than have them in pairs, which was quite common. I would like to explore the different styles of these carvings further. The later stones included borders, patterns and figures, as well as the symbols.
The mystery of the Picts
Although the meanings of the carvings are unknown, they are one of the earliest symbols of a cultural identity found uniquely in Scotland.
Pictavia near Brechin and the Groam Museum in Rosemarkie are two great places to see original Pictish carvings and designs.
Of coarse, stones can still be seen at their original locations, like Aberlemno in Angus. Here, there are symbol stones and a Christian cross with symbols and a battle scene.
I think they are great places to visit and see these unique Pictish carved symbols.