In the heart of the Texas Hill country there is a small German community of Fredericksburg Tx. I attend an old Germanic Gothic style church my great grandfather built and my great Uncle was the Architect circa 1903. The church committee has commissioned me to design and build a new Altar. I am honored and humbled to start this project for my roots go deep into the very fabric of the church foundation. Here is the first of many entry’s in my journey to build the Altar . The first hurdle is to design the Altar for the Church Council approval . My idea’s are to design an Altar that will blend into the existing Germanic Gothic design as well as being open to not block the existing back high Altar in the Asp end of the church as well as to not hide the priest colorful drapery vestments he changes for the seasons. This is my idea displayed in a model. The model show’s the design borrowing the Gothic Arch from above the Reconcilation doors.
From this design I built the mock up showing the bottom leg section painted with a transparent stain. The mock up shows the three layered effect starting with a 1 3/4’’ thick base then a 3/4’’ and 1 3/4’’ bull nosed . Soft maple is what I choose for the painted material. The Altar top is a six inch thick hollow box which will house the Altar stone of an ancient saints relic , petitions of members of the community and my mothers and fathers ashes.
The next entry will be a lay out on plywood.All this and Heaven too.
-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart