A few crosses

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Project by Roger Strautman posted 05-08-2007 11:50 AM 2632 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 05-08-2007 12:30 PM

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 05-08-2007 12:30 PM

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 05-08-2007 01:18 PM

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 05-08-2007 02:43 PM

Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. Great workmanship.

-- Gary, Florida

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#5 posted 05-08-2007 03:15 PM

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

-- Greg

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#6 posted 05-08-2007 03:18 PM

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 soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 05-08-2007 03:49 PM

Amazing, Rog! The last one is my favorite.

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

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#8 posted 05-08-2007 03:58 PM

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 05-08-2007 04:23 PM

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 05-08-2007 06:28 PM

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 05-17-2007 08:28 AM

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 05-18-2007 04:38 AM

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

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#13 posted 08-02-2007 06:05 AM

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 08-03-2007 04:36 PM

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 04-17-2008 04:16 AM

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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