New Altar #1: New Catholic Altar

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Blog entry by Arthouse posted 03-05-2015 12:58 PM 1868 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In the heart of the Texas Hill country there is a small German community of Fredericksburg Tx. I attend an old Germanic Gothic style church my great grandfather built and my great Uncle was the Architect circa 1903. The church committee has commissioned me to design and build a new Altar. I am honored and humbled to start this project for my roots go deep into the very fabric of the church foundation. Here is the first of many entry’s in my journey to build the Altar . The first hurdle is to design the Altar for the Church Council approval . My idea’s are to design an Altar that will blend into the existing Germanic Gothic design as well as being open to not block the existing back high Altar in the Asp end of the church as well as to not hide the priest colorful drapery vestments he changes for the seasons. This is my idea displayed in a model. The model show’s the design borrowing the Gothic Arch from above the Reconcilation doors.

From this design I built the mock up showing the bottom leg section painted with a transparent stain. The mock up shows the three layered effect starting with a 1 3/4’’ thick base then a 3/4’’ and 1 3/4’’ bull nosed . Soft maple is what I choose for the painted material. The Altar top is a six inch thick hollow box which will house the Altar stone of an ancient saints relic , petitions of members of the community and my mothers and fathers ashes.

The next entry will be a lay out on plywood.All this and Heaven too.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#1 posted 03-05-2015 01:15 PM

Beautiful approach, thank you for sharing.

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#2 posted 03-05-2015 01:29 PM

im really looking forward to this project, its going to have lots of love and needless to say, its going to have a lot of your families connections in it and with lots of generational love going into this…i hope the local paper will do an article on this , it certainly deserves it…and yes, all this and heaven too….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 03-05-2015 02:59 PM

Great design concept! I’m looking forward to seeing this story.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 03-05-2015 04:15 PM

A wonderful story and beautiful design. I look forward to watching this project take shape and to hearing more about your church and community.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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