Historic Window Tracery Designs


Historic Window Tracery Designs

issues-ssw29-Tracery-LeadVersatile Gothic Designs showcase your fretwork skills

These intricate designs have survived the test of time. Displayed in Gothic cathedrals all over Europe, they are as popular now as when they were first introduced in the 1100s.

The flowing geometric patterns make beautiful ornaments and have a variety of other uses as well. Add an acrylic backing for a colorful suncatcher, or a cork backing for a functional coaster. Enlarge the patterns and use them as trivets or wall hangings, or use the arches to create sides for a napkin holder. Scrolled as ornaments, they can be stack cut to build an inventory for gift giving or provide a way to make some extra holiday cash.


  • ¼” x 5″ x 5″ hardwood or Baltic birch plywood (each ornament)
  • Spray lacquer or finish of choice


  • #1 reverse-tooth blades or blades of choice
  • Drill with 1⁄16″-diameter drill bit

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Historic Window Tracery Pattern