I am in the process of building two baptismal fonts. One for a chapel for the Presbyterian Center in Louisville and one for my local congregation. I’m a theologian by training and a woodworker for fun. I sort of stumbled into these projects. This will be a long process, and I’ll try to keep up some blog entries, but it will a bit irregular.
I’m starting with the one for my local congregation. Here is the basic model I am working with:
I need to make some changes to my sketchup models to fit the actual bowls (the two bowls are different).
Here are some pics of the bowl:
You can see that the bowl is not a smooth shape but has a deeper middle with a lip.
I asked for suggestions on LJ, and so I am making a model of the bowl out of insulation foam. The first thing was to make a template for the bowl shape. The bowl is not uniform, but is close:
I sculpted the foam with a wire brush on a drill, a bandsaw, a drywall saw, sandpaper, and a Surform Shaver.
After getting it in good shape, I covered it with joint compound. I will then sand that down to get as close as possible to the bowl shape. This way as I construct the rather complicated interface between the bowl and the stand, I don’t have to have the very expensive bowl in the shop!
-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson