|Project by RusticJohn||posted 02-01-2015 02:31 AM||898 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
I don’t usually go in for elaborate crosses but had a particularly boring blank cut out, and I am a Netsuke style carver, so went for it. The idea of a tree of life appeals to me as it provided a way to reflecting some of my basic values into the cross. I like the idea of deep roots anchoring the cross and symbolizing ancestors, branches leading upwards and representing branches of the family and the concept of life supported by the tree. There is a bird, fruit and flowers in the carving. Also the words joy, love, peace, family and faith on the trunk. The heart is the centre of faith.
The cross is about as long as a ball point pen so is relatively small. Its made to be held in the hand. The wood is New Zealand Rimu which, in this case , was horrible to carve. Its soft-ish and tends to break away when doing fine detail. I had to make some very thin knives for the job. The blades are less than 1 mm thick. These enabled cuts to be made without pushing the wood sideways and breaking off the detail.
In my view it is important to make the detail stand out from the background. If I am not careful I sometimes find myself making shallow, square edged shapes giving the overall appearance of a textured piece of flat wood. Grinling Gibbons would not be impressed.