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Project by Dilo Marcio Fernandino posted 02-11-2009 04:23 PM 4644 views 6 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Crucifix was completed in 1966 (I was 18-year-old). It was totally drawn and hand carved by me according to my personal interpretation of the Portuguese style “Dom Jose I” (Baroque/Rococo styles). The Christ was sculpted in jacaranda-tan (Machaerium villosum) – the hardest jacaranda – reclaimed from the demolition of an old corral. The cross, the crown and the nails were sculpted in caviuna negra (Dalbergia violacea) reclaimed from the demolition of an old roof. The blood drops were represented by little agate stones. The finishing was done with wax. Only hand tools were used (very few) except for the rough preparation of the wood. It was complete in few months and was the last woodwork in my adolescence. Since then I had to stop woodcarving for 10 years in order to comply with my adult life responsibilities (university, profession and marriage). At that time my “workshop” used to be my parents’ house living room.
Dimensions of the Christ: 11” high x 9” wide x 3” thick
Dimensions of the cross: 29” high x 15” wide x 1/2” thick

-- Dilo

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#1 posted 02-11-2009 04:32 PM

The detail in this is amazing.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#2 posted 02-11-2009 04:37 PM

Blessed with a special gift, how great that you create a piece honoring the one who gave you your talent.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#3 posted 02-11-2009 04:45 PM

awesome piece. Such detail.

-- Bug from Minnesota. Creating Designer Firewood Since 2006

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#4 posted 02-11-2009 04:53 PM

Dilo, this is a wonderful carving. The attention to detail and the gifted talent that you exhibit in this work is inspiring.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 02-11-2009 05:02 PM

Your are truly gifted and I appreciate your sharing this talent with us.

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#6 posted 02-11-2009 05:12 PM

The detail work on this is gorgeous. Beautiful job well done Dilo.


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#7 posted 02-11-2009 05:35 PM

Beautiful! you are truly a master

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#8 posted 02-11-2009 06:54 PM

Incredible, work for the ages. You will be remembered.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#9 posted 02-11-2009 08:05 PM

Beautiful work as always my friend!
I’d be interested in your wax recipes if it’s not too much of a secret.

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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#10 posted 02-11-2009 08:15 PM

This piece is amazing. It’s perfectly done. When I was 18 there was no way I had the patience to sit there and carve something like this, nor would I have had the experience. I’ve been carving for several years and am just now getting things “smoother”. But to make it look perfect with no dig marks, scrapes, etc at 18 is remarkable. You have to be some kind of saint of a woodworker. You say you are an amateur in your profile. A professional would have a hard time pulling this off. I’d say you were a professional before you were 18. Well done.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#11 posted 02-11-2009 08:53 PM

Dilo, a fantastic piece of art. Please follow your heart. Many are watching to see what comes next.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#12 posted 02-11-2009 08:54 PM

18?? !!!! ??? !!!!! extraordinary, indeed!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 02-11-2009 09:13 PM

Wow… I’m amazed. This is a true piece of art. A wonderful interpretation.


-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#14 posted 02-11-2009 11:22 PM

Hi Dilo

Wonderful detail! What a God given talent you had at a young age. Thank you for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#15 posted 02-12-2009 01:11 AM

WOW ! How old were you when you started carving ?....Three ?

-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA.

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