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Project by KennethBirdine posted 04-13-2009 04:44 AM 3977 views 11 times favorited 53 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Cross carving was done in basswood. The piece is 8 feet tall, and 2 inches thick (1 ¾). I also designed and built a stand for the cross. Using a Gold color metallic powder I painted the top of the cross so it appeared as if Christ’s arm was reaching out of light, and applied a coat of polyurethane to the carving. I was in such a rush last night and this morning to get the cross finished and to the church I didn’t take a picture of the stand or final product. I’ll try to get a picture and post it if possible. This cross is a representation of what Jesus did for us. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” (John 3:16-21)

If you want to see more pictures of the process they’re posted at



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#1 posted 04-13-2009 04:53 AM

Incredible piece and beautiful representation.

-- Dale

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#2 posted 04-13-2009 04:59 AM

Wow!!!!!!!! I am in awe. What a day to post this masterpiece. May God bless you always and in ALL ways.

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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#3 posted 04-13-2009 05:08 AM

this brought a tear to my eye Ken. Beautiful in every way.

-- 3rd generation craftsman ~

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#4 posted 04-13-2009 05:09 AM

I have to say that this is a truly nice carving. Having said that, Easter or not, I don’t think the description should remain, and posting it seems to be an attempt to get attention. Attention in which I guarentee you will be controversial. I ask right now in front of everyone that you remove the material out of respect of EVERYONE on this site, for you believers are not the only ones that frequent the site. Thank you.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#5 posted 04-13-2009 05:27 AM

A very good carving hands are a very difficult subject for drawing or carving.well done Kenneth.


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#6 posted 04-13-2009 05:37 AM

Well done. That should get some people thinking about the empty cross and what He did for each one of us.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#7 posted 04-13-2009 05:39 AM

Kenneth, you have been given some amazing talent and you are putting it to good use. It is an inspiring piece in the representation as well as workmanship. Thanks for posting this.

-- Cody Crisp

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#8 posted 04-13-2009 05:41 AM

I would like to quote what one LumberJock posted here a while back:
I’d like to think that I have a vision. The vision is much like those of others…..To make something beautiful from wood. I will go through much of my life with this vision, passionate, hoping that no matter what I can still follow through…and in the end there will be my vision, alive, waiting for the world to see.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#9 posted 04-13-2009 05:42 AM

Fantastic carving. I can see why you were in a hurry to finish and take it with you. I agree with Jim about the difficulty of this carvring.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 04-13-2009 05:47 AM

Ron, Nice quote. LOL. Maybe I’m Jesus. HHHMMM, A carpenter. That’s me. Had a vision. That’s me. Can turn water into wine. Well I prefer beer. Cheers.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#11 posted 04-13-2009 05:59 AM

Great piece. How big was the material you worked with? The only basswood locally is in very small measurements. Can you get it in very large sizes?

-- Don't tell her I'm in the shop!

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#12 posted 04-13-2009 06:25 AM

Thank you for sharing your gift for the glory of God . . . and those wonderful words of life.

”I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” Romans 1:16

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#13 posted 04-13-2009 06:45 AM

Great work Ken, a great contribution to the son of God who created us all, Kolwdwrkr included, wether he wants to acknowledge God or not. I always notice that he is the first to complain of our belief in God and our RIGHT to acknowledge Him in our work and who we all owe our talents to. Please leave your posting just the way it is. And to Kolwdwrkr, since you like to mock God and our belief in Him, and your obviously checking back on this posting, if your right, you got nothing to worry about when you die, if your wrong, you’ve got everything to worry about.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#14 posted 04-13-2009 06:48 AM

What’s happening here is almost enticing. I’m not going to say anything further though out of respect for all of you about the religion, whether it is against rules, etc. We all have our opinions and faith, and apparently the rules here are bogus anyway so have at it. May this be your place, this post, to post all your religious relic and I will pass it. I want to say before I go again to the OP, very nice carving.
To quote the famous Dennis Leary, star of FX’s series “Rescue Me”—“Goodnight Assholes”
Happy Easter

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#15 posted 04-13-2009 06:58 AM

Kolwdwrkr – Your “goodnight” is way out of line, shows no class whatsoever, you just lost all respect I have for you other than I will say and never deny the wood working talent you have. You could have let this go, but obviously full of hatred towards religion, and any of us that do believe in showing our love for God. Funny, that you then wish a “happy Easter” to us. Why do you bother to observe this holiday? To Kenneth, I’m sorry for replying here on your site of your work, and I thank you for your beautiful piece you’ve shared with us.

-- Dan Wiggins

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