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#1 posted 01-18-2018 05:51 PM

depending on what species of wood that is used for the final project,
the slower a paint (stain, glaze, etc) dries, the more chance it has to
creep into the fibers outside the groove and will look shoddy and homemade.
to avoid the flea market look of a routed item, I prefer the fasted drying color that is available to prevent
color migration and wicking into the wood fibers.

for such an important item as the Procession Cross, personally, I would use a dark wood
such as walnut or mahogany and gild the groove with 23k XXX gold leaf. but that is another skill set altogether.
this also depends on the budget of the client and its intended use. for a private home or small church just for
decoration purposes to hang on the wall, the price (and craftsmanship) could be less than an actual cross
that would be used in official religious services.

I happened to run across this very cross on the net and its history at:

in the description, it says: “At the base of cross you can see a small repair,
indicating where the pole broke away from the cross”. (this was probably caused by using a wooden dowel).

so with today’s modern methods of fabrication, I would make two identical crosses. I would
cut a 1/2” groove down the middle of each back from top to bottom for a piece of 3/8” all-thread
and epoxy the assembly together with enough all-thread available out of the bottom of the cross
to be inserted into the carrying pole to prevent any breakage or separation.
this would give you the option of the groove on both sides or just one for actual procession use.


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