Preacher's pulpit

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Project by Dilo Marcio Fernandino posted 02-05-2009 07:22 PM 3951 views 7 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There is a nearby town called Nova Lima which modern Mother Church houses an 18 th. Century gemstone; three magnificent altars and two pulpits sculpted in wood by the greatest Brazilian baroque sculptor, the “Aleijadinho” (Little Cripple). In 2005 a group of parishioners looked for a sculptor to commission a ground pulpit which should look like the hanging original ones (their use is forbidden due to their fragility) within a very short term (60 days). No sculptor accepted that challenge. So, Mr. Edson Carvalho, a professional cabinetmaker from Carvalho’s Marcenaria proposed me the following joint-venture: he would get some photos from the hanging pulpit, would take the necessary measurements and would build its platform and the circular upper railing in solid wood. The semi-cylindrical central section of the pulpit (the “chest”) should be carved by me on a massive cubic block of lumber. Thus, he piled up and glued five huge 6 inch planks of Brazilian cedar (cedrela odorata) and handed it to me. Initially I had to draw the carving details in natural size for the front face and for the two side balusters based on five 4×6 inch photos only. As I could not simply leave my professional duties, I made arrangements to woodwork from 2 PM until 11 PM in my apartment. So, after 47 days I delivered the pulpit “chest” to the cabinetmaker who joined it to the others parts and applied the final finishing. The parish pay was symbolic as symbolically I feel myself now as “Aleijadinho’s” pupil. My humble work lies beside his masterpiece where I hope it will remain forever…

-- Dilo

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#1 posted 02-05-2009 07:27 PM

Gorgeous! I’m amazed and stunned by by your work… This is timeless art!


-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 02-05-2009 07:34 PM

Wow You are a Master of Masters your work is breath taking

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#3 posted 02-05-2009 07:52 PM

Stunning! Super collaboration of masters. Glad to see this sort of work still goes on. Thanks for the show.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 02-05-2009 08:02 PM

I agree with RJ, and the others, your talent is so rare these days. Thank you for showing this and all your work to us.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#5 posted 02-05-2009 08:56 PM

An exquisite creation, it’s hard to find the proper words to use for such beautiful work.

Thank you for sharing this.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 02-05-2009 09:14 PM

Beautiful, gorgeous, and amazing. A work of art to last forever.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 02-05-2009 09:20 PM

You are a true craftsmen there are not many like you around I am always delighted to see your marvelous work.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#8 posted 02-05-2009 10:07 PM

What makes this gentleman’s work even more extraordinary is his story and how he has reached this level of excellence. This is a must read for all of us who have followed these posts:


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 02-05-2009 10:39 PM

I truly love seeing your work. Thank you for posting these.

-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA. [email protected]

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#10 posted 02-05-2009 11:36 PM

Very exqusite! beautiful work….you the MASTER!
Thank you for posting your work.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#11 posted 02-05-2009 11:46 PM

Beautiful piece of art on that pulpit. Amazing job…........keep up the great work.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#12 posted 02-06-2009 12:22 AM

An inspiring piece of work. Well done!

-- Cody Crisp

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#13 posted 02-06-2009 12:57 AM

Thanks Lew, and an even larger respect for Mr. Fernandino.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#14 posted 02-06-2009 01:17 AM

Beyond words. You are a true craftsman of your craft! What a wonderful God given talent you have been given!

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#15 posted 02-06-2009 03:55 AM

Fabulous woodwork…

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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