Dagda Celtic Keepsake Urn

Design Influence

Dagda was the 'Good God' of Earth, knowledge, abundance, and healing. Dagda was called the good god by the Celts and is one of the most prominent gods and greatest leaders he was a master of magic, fearsome warrior and a skilled artisan. His possessions were meant to include an abundant pot of food, a weapon that could slay and bring back to life those he killed and a magical harp that could summon the seasons. His main temple was supposed to be at Bru Na Boinne (Newgrange). The Burr elm Celtic Irish cremation Urn for Ashes is set lower on beautifully steamed and scorched Ash tree legs. The bowl has been carved by woodturning, a delicate technique is required to deliver such fine detail to bring out the natural beauty of the wood. The Urn bowl is held in place by 6 ebony pins and topped with a Celtic warrior shield and further enhanced by a golden rivet. Dagda was the 'Good God' of Earth, knowledge, abundance, and healing.


The color of each piece is enhanced by oiling multiple times to really bring out the natural grain and depth of color and some elements of his work allow him to use a scorched timer or bleached wood to further enhance his creations. Our artisan carefully selects and drys his own wood as Seamus insists on taking responsibility for the quality of each piece from tree to its final home.


Seamus creates bespoke keepsakes Urns and full-size urns using his decades of experience and mastery of wood. His Urns highlight the beauty of each piece of wood and the fine workmanship can be seen in each object's texture taking hundreds of hours of craftsmanship. The Urns for Human ashes are very different in both size and shape and we will ensure that they are transported in the appropriate packaging to minimize any risk of damage.
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About the Artisan -

Seamus- Celtic Shield Collection

Artisan-Seamus- Celtic Shield Collection

He has a unique ability to recognize a beautiful object in a piece of wood and uses his skills to reveal the hidden and unique beauty. He uses Irish native wood grown for decades and dried over many years to create breathtaking and totally unique Urns and memorials. Seamus has won 20+ Irish National awards for his creations and has been commissioned for unique pieces for the President of Ireland, Royal Dublin Society, Irish Landscape Institute, to name but a few.
His unique sculptural pieces sometimes use textured, bleached and scorched woods, gold, metals, leather, glass. Favored techniques include steam bending, texturing, and fine polishing. His memorial Celtic Shield collection offers families the opportunity to memorialize their loved ones in Art pieces designed to retain the ashes in elegant homes, with a family that is proud of their heritage. So what is woodturning ...Woodturning is the craft of using the wood lathe with hand-held tools to cut a shape that is symmetrical around the axis of rotation. Like the potter's wheel, the wood lathe is a simple mechanism which can generate a variety of forms. The operator is known as a turner, and the skills needed to use the tools were traditionally known as turnery. In pre-industrial England, these skills were sufficiently difficult to be known as 'the misterie' of the turners guild. The skills to use the tools by hand, without a fixed point of contact with the wood, distinguish woodturning and the wood lathe from the machinists lathe, or metal-working lathe.