Stations of the cross

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Project by Bill Judt posted 02-12-2009 07:25 AM 4050 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Stations of the cross, carved by Bill Judt of Saskatoon, SK, Canada
To see all the stations, go to my website

This project began in February of 2008. It started with digital photographs or models, then progressed to drawings, patterns, wood panels and finally the carving of each station. Finally, all the fourteen stations have been carved.

Each carved panel is 12” x 18” and two inches thick, carved in northern White Birch which is indigenous to Saskatchewan. Birch is a lustrous and reflective wood, light in color and fine grained.

The hardest part of this project was the design stage. Each carving had to be unique yet follow a template that lent continuity to the series. Before any drawing started, before even the photos were taken, a master pattern was created that set limits to the size of each station, and identified the features common between them. Common features included a small cross a numeral, and a supporting background.

Then came the photography. With the help of family and carving friends who modeled for me, I was able to create images that would serve as the basis for my initial drawings. The idea was to take photos that captured not only a specific posture or mood, but enough clear detail to make the images appear real, not contrived.

As the photos were being traced to line drawings, each pattern was composed on my light table. The results were 14 full-scale master patterns showing every detail that I intended to include in each station.

With patterns set aside, 14 wood relief panels were assembled, using northern white birch. The patterns were traced to each panel, and the panels were then trimmed on the bandsaw. It was at this point that I was able to router and carve each of the stations in turn. Then the carving began.

These stations are now for sale. Each station is $1050.00 US, totaling $14,700.00 US for the set.
For more details about this series, please contact by email Bill Judt (, or by phone at 306-373-6649

Visit the entire series at the following link:
Stations of the cross

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#1 posted 02-12-2009 07:42 AM

where are the other ones?

this one….............I think he’ld be proud of it!

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#2 posted 02-12-2009 07:57 AM

Very nice work.

-- 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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#3 posted 02-12-2009 08:19 AM

Very moving piece, and well done.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#4 posted 02-12-2009 08:21 AM

A wonderful carving !!! What is the wood type? How big is it??

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#5 posted 02-12-2009 08:35 AM

Very inspirational, You have some fantastic talent!


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

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#6 posted 02-12-2009 11:29 AM

well done…a very touching piece…

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#7 posted 02-12-2009 12:56 PM

A very beautiful piece and it speaks for itself to the talents He gave to you. Thanks for sharing.
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#8 posted 02-12-2009 02:14 PM

Great job!

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#9 posted 02-12-2009 02:18 PM

Bill, as always, beautiful work. Very inspirational, in both senses.

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#10 posted 02-12-2009 04:18 PM

Very nice.

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

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#11 posted 02-12-2009 04:27 PM

Impressive piece!

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#12 posted 02-12-2009 05:33 PM

wonderful piece

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#13 posted 02-12-2009 07:43 PM

Very nice, Great detail. They have a lot of depth for relief carvings. Thanks for posting.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 02-12-2009 09:13 PM

You do some real nice work Bill, Thanks for posting

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#15 posted 02-12-2009 10:26 PM

beautiful work Bill.

-- scmichael

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