Communion Chalice (Cup) and Paten (Plate)

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 04-24-2008 09:39 PM 10505 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was a commissioned project, so it has been sold.

If you would like something similar, please email me at:

[email protected]

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Project Story:

This Communion Chalice and Paten are built in Mahogany, with carved texturing, paint, and gold foil guilding. I was given a commission to build this set for a man who after finishing his Seminary degree, was moving forward and being ordained in the Disciples of Christ denomination. On Sunday afternoon, I was given the honor of participating in the Ordination service, by presenting this Communion Set, and I even had a speaking part.

I typically don’t like speaking in front of a big group of people, so the “presentation” was a way bigger issue for me to overcome than the woodworking aspects of this project. I get sick to my stomach and sweat before my time on a stage takes place.

I remember hearing myself mutter something like, ”Bill, I’m only a woodworker, but no other type of project gives me more joy and honor, than to make pieces using God’s wood, for the purpose of worship, and so it is my extreme pleasure to present this Communion Chalice and Paten to you….”

At least that is what I was trying to say.

Thanks for looking,
Mark DeCou

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Want to See More of my Furniture Work?:
If you go to my Mark DeCou Website you will find that I have not updated my website in quite some time. I realize that I need to invest in improving my website, but until that is accomplished, here are some more Lumberjocks related lilnks with updated postings of my furniture work, sorted into categories. Thanks for your interest in my work, and your patience with my website.

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-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

12 comments so far

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Ad Marketing Guy - Bill

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#1 posted 04-24-2008 09:58 PM

New posting rules or not – This is truly beautifu work ! – Exceptional and provided with a guiding hand ~ Thanks for posting-

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 04-24-2008 11:24 PM

Awesome! Mark.

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

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#3 posted 04-24-2008 11:36 PM

Great Job mark. Truly an honor to be presented with them.

-- 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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#4 posted 04-25-2008 12:13 AM

Fabulous Mark ! What kind of finish is on them? could they really be used for food etc. ? THANKS!


-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#5 posted 04-25-2008 01:32 AM

Beautiful pieces that will enhance the experience of many.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#6 posted 04-25-2008 04:08 AM

It’s art and it’s beautiful. Where’s the envelope?

-- Scott - Chico California

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#7 posted 04-25-2008 06:55 AM

As usual Mark, outstanding workmanship. Go ahead – press the envelope, it’s a pleasure to see your “pushings”.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Scott Bryan

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#8 posted 04-25-2008 12:39 PM


There is no envelope with this. It is a gorgeous woodworking project. Beautiful job.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 04-27-2008 04:06 PM

Hi Mark;



-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 05-02-2008 04:55 AM

these really did come out fantastic, I’m sure they will be treasured for years to come.

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Mark A. DeCou

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#11 posted 05-02-2008 06:10 AM

Thanks folks. I enjoyed this project, as I don’t get asked to turn wood very often. I enjoyed the learning process, and making the platter special with the little dimple finger grooves (for pulling out a small cracker chip as the tray is passed). I’m hoping for more work like this someday.


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#12 posted 10-06-2009 04:46 PM

Great job on this. Beautiful workmanship.


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