|Project by OldWrangler||posted 10-03-2014 01:34 AM||5700 views||19 times favorited||71 comments|
My Girl Scout Cookie girl has all grown up and now at 27 she is getting married this weekend. Wonderful girl and great family, neighbors for over 30 years.
Well, she and her mom came to the house one day a week ago with a picture of a “Unity Cross”. They appear to sell for several hundreds of dollars and she wanted to know if I could make one. This picture is the first I have ever heard of this. Unlike the Unity Cross that bride and groom light and then it burns away. This something they will always have after the wedding. The big cross is the Husband’s Cross and it is empty without the Wife’s cross inside it. The Wife’s Cross is smaller and alone until placed inside the protection of the Husband’s Cross. Then the 2 make 1. In the ends of the cross-piece and the top are 3 pins which hold it together as the couple builds this at the Alter. The represent the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and bind the husband and wife together. The pins hadn’t been made when I took the pictures but they brass lamp finials with a brass pin.
It is a nice idea and a lasting souvenir of the wedding. I told her I would do the best I could. The Husband’s Cross is Walnut. The Wife’s Cross is Red Cedar. In the center is a circle of Spalted Elm with a Dove cut into it.
Last weekend was a show at a local church where I sold a lot of stuff. I has this CVross and the story in the middle of the table. Nearly everyone who stopped read and commented on it. I even got an order for one later in Nov.
Lasdt night Stephanie and her mom came to pick it up. Well. it must have been OK as there were tears everywhere followed with hugs. They even had my wife crying. We’ll be at the wedding on Sat. and see how it works.
Another case of the first one I ever saw was the one I built. As a side note. Whenever Stephanie and her sister and brother were small, they were always bringing home dead squirrels, cats, goldfish, dogs and birds to give a good Christian burial in the woods behind their home. For each one they came to me to make a simple cross. Just some scrap wood, 10-12” tall with the animals name wood burned into it. There were literally dozens of the crosses. This was some 15-20 years ago and most of the crosses rotted off but are now in a stack in their garage.
I guess since I was their “cross man”, I was the logical one to make the Unity Cross. She will never know how much it meant to me for her to ask me to make one more cross. I dropped all the other projects and set to making a rough drawing that night. I started the next morning and it was finished, varnished and delivered with 3 days to spare. I really like having something like this happen, it is a big moment in my normally quiet life. Hope y’all enjoy the story (wish I was a better writer).
-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!