A few crosses

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Project by Roger Strautman posted 2661 days ago 2027 views 5 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are just a few crosses that I have carved. The cross with the wreath stands about 24”T. and is made of butternut with a gel stain. The other two are around 13”T. and are basswood with a stain. The one cross was stained and finished before carving. The two smaller crosses were assembled with the main vertical as one piece then the two arms were doweled with the grain horizontal. The Large cross was assembled on a pine backer board that had a large lap joint to keep it at 90 deg. and it is made of 5 pieces with a frame that covered the two board thickness. Enjoy.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#1 posted 2661 days ago

unbelievable. Unbelievable. Unbelievable.
Magnificent. I can’t find any other words to describe the beauty and craftsmanship

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 2661 days ago

Your crosses are beautiful works of art. I appreciate not only the artistry, but also the craftsmanship – crosses are not that easy to produce, proportionately they can be a nightmare. Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 2661 days ago

WOW… Very nice… My son & I took a carving class last fall. It was only one of those hour long things at a woodworking show, but now I understand what carving is like with the right (good qualiity) tools. We recently picked-up a good set, and your photos may have inspired my first project with them. Thanks -Rick

-- Rick, Michigan,

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#4 posted 2661 days ago

Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. Great workmanship.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#5 posted 2661 days ago

Those are absolutely beautiful ,,, very nice work. I wish I had the patience to carve.

-- Greg

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#6 posted 2661 days ago

Great Rog. You continue to amaze me with your carving.

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

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#7 posted 2661 days ago

Amazing, Rog! The last one is my favorite.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 2661 days ago

Maybe this is the wrong thing to say….Holy Smokes! This is GREAT woodworking art! Absolutely outstanding work Rog!

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

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#9 posted 2661 days ago

Ok Rog. Now you’re just pouing salt on the wound. ;-)

This work is just incredible. Stunning. Since we traded messages I’m just taking my time and doing small areas slowly but steadily. Not sure I’ll ever have the patience (or God given talent) to produce this caliber of work though. Wonderful stuff as usual and thanks so much for sharing it.

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

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#10 posted 2661 days ago

Rog, I’m so impressed with all of your work, though I don’t comment on everything you post. This, however, can’t go by without me expressing my admiration for your artistry – just amazing.


-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#11 posted 2652 days ago

I think the first cross (well they are all beautiful) is my favorite. Must be very exciting to work on something like that. I’m very impressed with people who can carve…I don’t think I could do it…maybe some day.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#12 posted 2651 days ago

My goodness, such detail. It’s mind boggling!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#13 posted 2575 days ago

Hi Roger;

Spin the dice led me to your crosses. Absolutely beautiful!

Great job all around.

Thanks for sharing


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 2574 days ago

Roger, these are amazing! Really beautiful work!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#15 posted 2316 days ago

These crosses are absolutely fantastic! The carving work is top notch, what tools did you use to do the carving? I am making a Celtic cross for my Dad’s grave and I want it to turn out nice.

-- --Chuck

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