Thanks for taking a look at my artwork. My name is Doug Cavanaugh. I grew up in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, but I have made my home in Upper Bucks County Pennsylvania for the last decade.
The story of how I came to build this brand I dubbed “Celtic Hammer Club” starts in my youth when I began to take an interest in who I was, where I came from, who were the people that came before me, etc. That led me down a path where I began to learn about my ancestors who hailed mostly from Ireland and Germany, but generally all across the Northern European landscape. The more I learned, the more a became fascinated with the history, mythology, folklore, and culture of those who came before me.
From my earliest childhood, I loved to draw. I went through several phases of various interests growing up, dinosaurs, ninjas, super heroes, sports figures, etc. Drawing has always been a way for me to sort of interact and reflect on whatever subject matter had me captivated at the time. It was no different when I became fascinated with Celtic and Norse/Germanic history in my young adulthood. So I drew and drew and drew, and have spent the better part of two decades learning and practicing the complicated knotwork and spiral patterns that were common across the Celtic and Nordic cultures.
I eventually decided to post my work online. In the age of social media, I figured I might as well put my work out there rather than let it sit in notebooks in my drawing room, and that’s where the “Celtic Hammer Club” brand really took off. I have been humbled and overwhelmed by the popular response I’ve gotten to my work. I’ve had the good fortune to meet many other talented, like-minded people who I now call my business partners and friends.
It’s been a fun ride, and the ride continues. I’m currently in a growth phase where I’m expanding beyond my art prints on apparel and accessories and I continue to develop new products like the stoneware bottles and the carved drinking horns. I plan to keep experimenting with producing my artwork on new mediums.
One thing I’d like to drive home.... I do my best to keep up with demand, but I am just a regular guy with a full time job. If I’m sold out of anything, I would ask that you be patient until I manage to build up my inventories again. I hope to keep experimenting and coming up with new stuff, so I appreciate your patience as I play around and do my thing! Please check back often for new stuff!
P.S. I get a lot of questions about what the name “Celtic Hammer Club” means. I’ve even had people not want to buy merch that has the brand name on it because they’re worried they might get shot by repping something they know nothing about, haha. The story behind the name is that it is just a brand name I came up with for the work I do. I do Celtic and Norse style artwork. So the “Celtic” in the name is self explanatory, the “Hammer” is meant to represent the Norse aspect of my work in Thor’s hammer, and “Club” is something I came up with because I thought it would be cool if my artwork could bring together people with similar interests and passions into a sort of community or club. Anyway, sorry for the wordy explanation, but I have had a lot of questions about what the name means, and that’s about it.
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-Celtic Hammer Club