Micro gothic reliquary

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Project by Dilo Marcio Fernandino posted 02-12-2009 01:27 AM 4069 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The micro reliquary in the shape of a gothic cathedral was completed in 1965 (17-year-old boy). It consists of two united halves representing a tiny coffin, totally hand carved on two superimposed cedar (Cedrela odorata) blocks. In addition it has 12 little towers carved in caviuna negra (Dalbergia violacea), according to a project drawn by my brother (architecture student). A deceased Christ representation was sculpted on its top as well as eight low-relief panels depicting scenes from Christ’s life and from the Old Testament. The finishing was done with synthetic varnish. The tools used were tiny woodcut chisels. It was complete in few months. At that time my “workshop” used to be my parents’ house living room.
Dimensions: 4 1/3” long x 2” wide x 3” high

-- Dilo

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#1 posted 02-12-2009 01:33 AM

That is truly amazing work !!

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#2 posted 02-12-2009 01:39 AM

Wow, your first carving. Your talent showed right off. So glad I was there to see your presentation. Not many pieces, however, any “one” of those would be a good lifetime achievement. So will stand by for future word, thanks so much for sharing.

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

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#3 posted 02-12-2009 02:16 AM

Your talent for detailed work is outstanding.


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#4 posted 02-12-2009 02:20 AM

Wow this is really beautiful.Very nice job on it.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#5 posted 02-12-2009 02:40 AM

As I review your posts, I can see the changes in the detail and scope of your work.

Your passion has touched every stroke of the knife and gouge as you have woven yourself into each masterpiece. I feel privileged to have been able to view these works.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 02-12-2009 03:03 AM

Your talent showed right off, from the first time you started. Truly a blessed gift.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#7 posted 02-12-2009 03:03 AM

Thanks for another great piece of art. God bless you.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#8 posted 02-12-2009 05:36 AM

I have enjoyed every project as well as the articles in the newsletter from Highland. I will continue to do so even if it does take years to get the next one.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#9 posted 02-12-2009 06:40 AM

All your projects are beautiful. Your carving skills are impressive. Wonderful body of work.

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#10 posted 02-12-2009 07:24 AM

Absolutely amazing collection!!!
Will be waiting for your next masterpiece!!!

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#11 posted 02-12-2009 07:52 AM

only a very, very small body would fit in that coffin

Dude,...........your collection of work is one of the best I have ever seen, absolutly brilliant, almost galactically unmatched and I happened to think, rather niavely that I’ld seen it all.

Supercalafradilistic… hats off to you and thanks for posting.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#12 posted 02-12-2009 07:54 AM

one more thing…................your entire collection isnt over until you die so dont quit!

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#13 posted 02-12-2009 08:23 AM

I’m not sure what to say, I think this is gorgeous. Your work is truly stunning, you have amazing talent, Sir.


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

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#14 posted 02-12-2009 08:56 AM

Thank you for posting all your projects. You have “raised the bar” here at Lumberjocks…and those of us who have studied your work here will think long and hard about our future woodworking actions and how we might improve our own efforts. For that alone you deserve high praise. Seeing your work here truly inspired me.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#15 posted 02-12-2009 09:03 AM

Wow!! Quite a first attempt at wood carving!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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