September 23, 2014:
The joys of constructing and preparing icon boards remains a tedious process no matter how many years you've done them: blisters, sweat, cutting, sanding, adhering muslin (or linen) to the board (front and sides), working out air pockets, keeping a watchful eye as everything dries properly, trimming the excess muslin, and doing the final sanding. THEN, the process of 7 coats of gesso (and more sanding) begins... :-)
The small board without the raised frame (to the left) is for a copy of the St. Malachy icon I wrote a few years ago; going to Pennsylvania USA. The larger board with the raised frame is for the Sts Anna & Joachim icon; going to Calgary AB.