1846 Nauvoo Temple Relief

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Project by AnonymousRequest posted 04-19-2014 12:26 AM 1750 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Carved in black walnut with mallet & knives. Trimmed in white oak, mahogany and poplar. Finish is 28 coats of lacquer. 42” x38” x 2.75” A very long story, I will keep it short. In 1999 or so I read an article about the Mormon Religion (LDS) announcing plans to rebuild one of their original Temples, on the original site in Nauvoo, IL. The article had a pic and I thought the building was cool. The original Temple was destroyed by a tornado and later a mob from a neighboring community burnt the Temple and drove the Mormons out of the area.

Their wasn’t any real pictures that the LDS would release to the public and the internet was in it’s infancy at the time. The LDS sent me a 3” x 5” post card, that is the only thing I had for reference for layout. I started carving as the building itself was being constructed. I had a store that was going to take it on a consignment basis. I carved along until I couldn’t continue anymore. I had caught up to where I needed to wait and drive up and take pics to get details where I could continue. I put the piece in storage. Well I was 75% complete and the piece sustained major water damage where I had it stored. It cupped badly, blowing all the mitres apart and had terrible staining. I corrected the damage and put it in storage out of frustration.

Last year, or 10-11 years later, I pulled it out of storage and completed it. Mentally it was a good thing to finish. I put it in a gallery for sale in Nauvoo after completion. After about 4 weeks a child tried to climb up the thing and it almost tipped it over. The gallery owner and I decided to pull it out. So now it was recrated and put back in storage for maybe another 10 years. LOL

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