Rustic Altar Cross

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Project by Don Johnson posted 04-01-2014 11:10 AM 1847 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I recently received the following e-mail from someone named Mia:

I am being ordained on the 12th of April this year and would like to buy a wooden altar cross as a gift for my training church.
I really like the wooden altar cross which is a copy of the one on the lovely altar frontal. Is it possible to purchase something similar? If so, are you able to do this in the timescale? And how much would it cost? I realise I have left this rather late but a still hoping to be able to find something unique rather than “off the shelf”.

Mia was referring to a couple of pictures on my wife’s patchwork page on my website which I was amazed to be told later that she found by Googling ‘cross’:

When I asked for more details, Mia told me:

I wonder if perhaps it should be made of driftwood? I have driftwood, though it might be more lovely if it was your interpretation of driftwood. I trust your knowledge of wood at this point. Our Church is called Living Springs so the sense of water is where I am thinking. It would be great if it was not entirely solid… and I definitely would like it raised above its base so that it has a life of its own instead of being firmly anchored to its base.

I wondered how to approach this task, and eventually thought of slitting (resawing ?) one of the branches of a mock cherry tree I had put away to dry last year, and using the exposed inner surfaces as the front of the cross – leaving the bark covered outside on the back, and the picture shows the result.

After sending a copy of the picture to Mia, I got this reply:
This is absolutely beautiful and so much more lovely than my feeble imaginings.
Thank you.
It suits our little Church perfectly.
Finding you on the internet was a real gift from God. I pray you are blessed.

I’m not a ‘believer’myself, but the expression about ‘moving in mysterious ways’ does come into my mind.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#1 posted 04-01-2014 12:44 PM

Looks great. You did a fabulous job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 04-08-2014 01:17 PM

Cool! Like the natural and rustic look, very nice colors on the wood. Well done!

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