baptism cross

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Project by mjpierson posted 03-08-2009 12:45 AM 2477 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

completed: March 2009

this is my fourth cross – this one for my third nephew and second godchild. I like doing them and it forces me to get shop time as there is a fixed deadline. each one has a unique design (and I get to try out some new approaches).

this is black walnut with maple laminated in between. one of the 4 arms does not fit as well as I would like, but suppose there is some symbolism in that.

finished with antique oil from minwax

back has inset plate engraved with full name and baptism date

-- Mike - Columbus, Ohio

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#1 posted 03-08-2009 01:04 AM

Outstanding. The contrasting inlay just makes it. Also like the flowing lines of the maple. Shouldn’t have told us about the one arm not fitting. Now we have to go look to see which one it is. We probably wouldn’t have noticed. Great work. I also really liked the earlier cross with matching clocks.

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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#2 posted 03-08-2009 02:23 AM

Absolutely beautiful – fantastic job. I love contrast and the flowing lines created by the maple…

-- Dan M, SW Suburbs, Chicago IL

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#3 posted 03-08-2009 02:29 AM

I believe I read one time where native American weavers intentionally err in the patterns of their weaving because only the creator doesn’t make mistakes. Did you lam the maple before assembly or cut the cross and insert the maple, just curious.

-- “Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less.” General Robert E. Lee, C.S.A.

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#4 posted 03-08-2009 03:51 AM

Wonderfully done.

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#5 posted 03-08-2009 05:16 AM

It has a nice classy look to it.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 03-08-2009 05:17 AM

looks great to me.

-- 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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#7 posted 03-08-2009 06:46 AM

Nice Job Like the inlays

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#8 posted 03-08-2009 06:08 PM

Beautifl Cross. Love the Maple Highlight. What better reason to get shop time then this?

Experimenting and useing our imaginations is why there are sooo many new ideas floating around out there.

Thanks for shareing. Great job.

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#9 posted 03-08-2009 11:09 PM

Simply beautiful… I love it. I really like the inlay.

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

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#10 posted 12-21-2009 11:59 PM

That cross is fantastic! What a keep sake. The craftsmanship is awesome. Love the inlayed, is it all the way through?

Does the cross have any special sentiment to you personally or is it just a symbol for a baptism?

-- Eric Florida

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#11 posted 11-18-2010 09:18 PM

great job, I dig it..

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#12 posted 07-01-2012 10:11 PM

That is a very nice cross….I like it : )

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#13 posted 07-01-2012 10:17 PM

Very cool cross such great design.

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