Medieval Wedding Invitations for Chelinda and Chris

I just finished creating medieval wedding invitations for a wonderful couple, Chelinda and Chris. The invitation itself is a 5×7 card with an Irish blessing on the outside, and the details of the wedding on the inside (in… Read More

Deep Peace

A customer contacted me to make a gift for a friend of hers who is turning 100. She asked me to write this beautiful Celtic blessing, which I had not heard before – I am glad to have… Read More

Ellesmere Chaucer: Medieval Manuscript Reproduction

In November of 2009, I finished a full-scale reproduction of a folio of the Ellesmere Chaucer manuscript, one of the earliest and most important manuscripts of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. I stove to be as absolutely authentic as possible… Read More

Irish Hymn

I received an unusual and absolutely delightful custom order: a customer requested an Irish hymn for an Irish Catholic priest. I did my best to make it look like a page from the Book of Kells: the initial… Read More

Wedding Vows

The inventory in my shop doesn’t change much, because the vast majority of the calligraphy I do is actually custom orders. I’ve had several custom orders lately, and I always mean to blog about them, but what inevitably… Read More

“On Children”

I was recently asked to write the poem “On Children” by Kahlil Ghibran. The lady who commissioned it is preparing to adopt a child, and wanted this to commemorate the event. I enjoyed having a chance to write… Read More

The Making of a Medieval Valentine

I finally realized Valentine’s Day is coming up, and I should make something for it! So I got busy over the weekend. First I had to find a text. Medieval love poetry can be a little difficult for… Read More

Delightful Custom Order

Today I finished a custom order that has been truly delightful to work on. A customer contacted me to ask me to write in calligraphy a recent quote by her family’s “grand patriarch”: “Wisdom is judging rightly, causing… Read More

Funny Irish Blessing

“May those who love us, love us, And those who don’t love us, May God turn their hearts. And if he doesn’t turn their hearts, May he turn their ankles, So we will know them by their limping.”… Read More