Danú Celtic shield Urn


A commission piece and keepsake Urn for some ashes, the Danú Celtic shield Urn, which can be crafted with an Ivory or ebony style. Sculpted and hand-carved on all sides from a 50-year-old Ash tree that Seamus has dried for 5 years in his workshop. The wood has been bleached and highly polished and finished with a beautifully turned burr Elm Celtic shield with a golden rivet surrounded by finely turned rings. The Plinth base holds the ashes and will be bigger or smaller depending on the amount of ash that it is required to hold.

Design Influence

Danú the most popular of all the Irish gods and the mother of the children of the Tuatha De Danann (associated with the Cremation Tomb at Newgrange). She was the goddess of Wisdom, Earth, Fertility, and wind. The Mist of Ireland is thought to be the caring embrace of Danú. Seen to have a nurturing and loving nature freely sharing her wisdom.
  • Danú is the most ancient of the Irish Celtic gods.
  • She was considered the mother of the Irish gods.
  • It is thought that she represented the earth and its fruitfulness.
  • Many place names in Ireland are associated with her.
  • Rivers are associated with her, and represent the fertility and abundance in a land.
  • The name origin and meaning “dan” in ancient Irish means wisdom, poetry, knowledge, and art.
Seamus creates bespoke keepsakes Urns and full-size urns using his decades of experience and mastery of wood. The lead in time is about 3 weeks. His Urns highlight the beauty of each piece of wood and the fine workmanship can be seen in the texture of each object taking long of hours of craftsmanship.Many people search Google for the term 'Urns wood' but I suggest you try to be a little more specific by adding another word or two, eg Handcrafted, Round, Square, Irish, USA, unique, sculptured, etc.


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 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.


The Danú Celtic shield Urn is transported in the appropriate packaging to remove 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.