Seed of Yggdrasil: nifty 3d-printed sculpture based on Celtic-style knot in Norse mythology

Joaquin Baldwin, whose wonderful creative work we've featured on Boing Boing before, shares these photos of a lovely 3d-printed sculpture he's just created. You can purchase your very own, right here. Cat not included.

Joaquin explains:

I made a sculpture of 3d printed awesomeness and wanted to share it with you, I hope you like it. It is titled The Seed of Yggdrasil. The design is based on the classic Celtic-style knot symbol for the tree of life from Norse mythology, Yggdrasil.

Inside the leaves you can see a small sphere of blue. If you looked reaaally carefully, you would notice that the continents in the blue ball are in the shape of Pangea and not our current distribution. The texture is amazing, the little ridges from the 3D printing process give it a very natural and tactile feel, and the colors are really vibrant. And the cat didn't care at all.


  1. This a pretty intricate model you’ve printed.   What printer did you use to get such fine detail?  Have you heard of the 3D Printing Pad  It has all the 3D printers on the market right now personal use and it compares them.  I wonder how many of them can print something like this!

    1. Thanks, that’s a cool site. I just uploaded it on, I don’t have a 3D printer of my own. But I definitely want one :)

    1. Well I call totally gratuitous and senseless cattery here, like chicks in bikinis touting spark plugs and oil filters.

  2. Might just be my red/green colorblindness talking, but the knotty bit looks like delicious pretzel to me…

    Incidentally, for those interested in Celtic knotwork (and other Celtic art), I highly recommend George Bain’s book – it covers the different styles very well, and details the methods he determined for recreating the Celtic art style. They’re not the simplest instructions, and he does tend towards dense pages of tiny-text-labelled diagrams, but it’s very exhaustive. It’s enjoyable to flick through even if you don’t plan on drawing any, IMO:

  3. Dudes, Celtic is not Norse.

    New Age Celts and Norse revivalists are going to come after you, and trust me there’s a good chance they will play their music at you and you don’t want that.

    1. Speaking as a Neopagan of more or less Celtic tradition, I think this is a damn cool sculpture and a good use of symbolism from both Celtic and Norse traditions. However, if the sculptor wants to listen to Faun or Omnia or Damh the Bard, I’m willing to share.

    2. That’s why I described it as “Celtic-style”, to protect myself from the backlash of purists. If they get violent I’ll play some Enya for them.

  4. my daughter just said in a hushed tone with eyes wide…”the brown seed pod thingy looks like lady parts”.  My response, “yes, celtic lady parts”.  so proud of her. giggles.

    1.  Yes it is supposed to be an ash tree and ash seeds are flat single wing style. Also it should be done in Urnes style.

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