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Project by Greg Markus posted 04-11-2007 04:05 PM 1865 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these crosses because I just thought the brass needed something behind it and it was therapeutic as well.

I made the walnut cross (my first project back into woodworking) after my Dad passed away in 2005. I was sitting in the living room looking at the cross hanging on the wall and I just decided it needed something more. My Dad had had some walnut out in the garage that “he was always going to do something with” and I figured what better use than to set his cross in it.

I got the pattern idea from the sympathy cards that I was helping my mother go through at the time and I took it to work and blew it up on the copier that we use. It was a foil cross so it got a little screwy on me when I copied it. that’s why the ends look a little lop sided. I fixed that on the 2nd cross that I did (my grandmothers) which I thought would look good on Maple. I redrew that one so that I would have a better pattern to work from.

-- Greg

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#1 posted 04-11-2007 04:26 PM

Wonderful woodworking job!! Perfect time of year. Thanks for showing off your ability so that others can enjoy.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#2 posted 04-11-2007 04:26 PM

Very nice work.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 04-11-2007 04:55 PM

so very, very special!!
Your work really does add to the impact of the original cross.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 04-11-2007 08:45 PM


-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#5 posted 04-11-2007 08:56 PM

Looks Good!

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#7 posted 04-12-2007 03:28 AM

Very nice indeed!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#8 posted 04-13-2007 07:30 PM

Nice work Greg, you have my sympathy about losing your father, I lost my mother the year before that. I still have’nt gotten over it completely. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 04-13-2007 07:35 PM

Great crosses Greg. Nice design and implementation

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 04-13-2007 07:36 PM

A very fitting tribute to your father. I know he would be very proud and honored by you making something tha is so beautiful and endearing out of his old project wood!
Be Blessed!

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#11 posted 04-18-2007 09:32 PM

Just beautiful the reason why you did these and how they came out.


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#12 posted 07-22-2007 01:30 PM

I stumbled on these this morning. Lovely work, nice use of mixed media and faith.

Right after I found Jesus, I didn’t know what to do. I had itchy hands to do something, so I went into the garage and made “crosses” out of copper wire and solder. I was in the garage doing this one day, when a motorcycling buddy came over, first time he had ever visited me at home. He was having marriage troubles, and told me that he just felt he should come talk to me. When he arrived, I was in the shop making crosses. He asked, “what are you doing?” I was well known as an athiest and a sinner in our motorcycling group, and so this had to be quite a shock to him, and he expressed the shock. I explained that I had become a believer in Jesus the week before, and I didn’t know what to do, but to make crosses. I offered him one, but he declined. We talked about his marriage issues awhile, and I suggested he read his Bible, as the marriage issues in my own life was what had driven me to read the Bible, where I felt loved by Jesus. He stayed a few more minutes, then left. I’ve never seen him since, but have prayed for him many times over the past 13 years.

I have been getting “itchy” to make some more faith jewelry. My skill level has improved some over the past 13 years but I haven’t done anything in jewelry since. I’ve been thinking about making some more crosses for some reason. Thanks for posting your project on the Crosses, the story and pieces have been motivational for me.

Thanks for sharing,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#13 posted 10-07-2008 02:06 AM

Very nice crosses.

-- Have a blessed day!

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#14 posted 03-14-2009 02:08 AM

Greg,how did you determine the ratio of the vertical piece to the horizontal as well as the placement?

It’s just something I have been quite curious about for some time…..

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#15 posted 05-04-2012 10:18 AM

Very nice! I can’t think of a better way to honor your Dad.

-- list your handcrafted treasures @ for free!

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