Nechtan Celtic Urn

Design Influence

Nechtan was a warrior, the husband of Boann, goddess of the River Boyne. He was the owner of the famous ‘well of wisdom’. This was home to the ‘Salmon of Knowledge’ who ate the wisdom bearing the fruit of the nine sacred trees A lighter-colored burr Elm cremation Urn for human ashes. Delicately turned with very fine lining in two sections, connected to long elegant legs of steamed and scorched ash tree legs by 9 ebony pins, representing the nine trees of the legend. Topped with a Celtic warrior shield complete with a golden rivet.


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 timber or bleached wood to further enhance his Urns for Ashes. 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 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.