The Shroud

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Project by Roger Strautman posted 01-31-2007 01:18 PM 6984 views 27 times favorited 57 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started out to just be a chip carved cross and it was eye catching but it didn’t make a statement so I carved the linen with the Apostles Creed carved in it hanging on the arms. The cross is made of basswood with a walnut frame around and it is 5’-4”H. X 3’-2”W. X 2”D. The cross was carved in 5 pieces and then applied to a large lap jointed backer cross made of pine then the walnut frame was added to hide the joints. The final finish was stain with Deft spray lacquer. The linen shroud is made of butternut and is 2’-9”H. X 2’-6”W. X 3”D. The linen was built up from 4/4 butternut but only across the top and down the sides to make the folds. I choose to wood bleach the linen and then chip carve thru the bleached surface to give the color contrast. I finished it off with deft spray lacquer. The piece now makes a statement because at carving shows I even get children to walk up and read just what the linen has to say.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#1 posted 01-31-2007 01:26 PM

oh my goodness!!! This is magnificent.
How many years did it take you to complete this??

I am fascinated by the “edging of the linen”... Definitely takes it to another level.

Thank you for sharing this with us.
Love it

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 01-31-2007 01:28 PM

Rog, this is a marvelous piece. What an introduction. Welcome to LumberJocks and thanks for showing this to us.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#3 posted 01-31-2007 02:07 PM

What a beautiful eye catching work of art, & your chip carving looks great.
A big welcome to Lumberjocks !!

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

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#4 posted 01-31-2007 02:55 PM

I agree with MsDebbieP-this is magnificent. The cross in itself is wonderful- but to think you carved the linen was seems unbelievable. I find this facinating… wish I could watch you work on something like this. I’m sure I’d understand the technique much better through watching.

-- Never let anyone tell you that you can't do something.

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#5 posted 01-31-2007 03:13 PM

WOW, there is nothing I like better than to be fooled by wood or stone or any material that imitates something that flows like fabric and can pull it off. Awesome job! And it looks like you are quite the calligrapher. Is the border carved too?

-- Ellen --

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#6 posted 01-31-2007 04:08 PM

A beautiful piece. Very skilled, thanks for showing us. mike

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

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#7 posted 02-01-2007 03:14 AM

Just plain Awsome

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#8 posted 02-01-2007 03:22 AM

This is a real statement of Love. To have carved something like this, and to then have people want to get close to read it. Makes a quite a show of faith.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 02-01-2007 03:43 AM

I believe you, even though I don’t believe my eyes! That is fantastic work, and magnificent trompe l’oeil to boot! I’d do a double take everytime I saw it. Wow!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#10 posted 02-01-2007 03:51 AM

How can words do this piece justice. Some things just don’t need to be said. This piece speaks for itself.

Welcome to Lumberjocks.


-- Dusty

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#11 posted 02-01-2007 04:13 AM

One word AWESOME!

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#12 posted 02-01-2007 03:21 PM

You have been given a gift and I hope you are as blessed as I was by your beautiful work! God Bless!


-- Karrie

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#13 posted 02-01-2007 03:27 PM

Perfection. How long have you been carving? I have just recently taken a 2 hour private lesson with a “carving great” and am working hard to improve my craft. You provide such inspiration. I have never worked with butternut yet, tell me how it is to work with. Thanks again for sharing your great work and being such an inspiration.

-- Terry

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#14 posted 02-06-2007 11:06 PM

Awe inspiring.

-- Rookster, (

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Roger Strautman

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#15 posted 03-07-2007 04:33 AM

Terry, I have been chip carving for around 10 years and other types of carving for about 4 years. You asked about butternut wood. Well, it is very soft and looks like a light colored walnut, the old timers called it white walnut. It works really easy with knives and gouges. Good luck with your carving!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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