Carved Paschal Candle Stand

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Project by AndyPitts posted 06-18-2015 01:35 PM 1213 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hand Carved Cherry with Shellac Polish Finish
40” H (without candle)

I laminated thick cherry planks, then bandsawed the shape of the stand for carving. The brass candle cup and bobeche are attached to a cherry handle for use in processions. The handle fits into a recess in the top of the paschal candle stand. The brass cup can be replaced with other diameter cups to accommodate most paschal candles.

The custom carvings are religious symbols based on client sketches.

My client was pretty happy with this piece, and so was I:
”The Paschal candle stand is more than I ever expected. It was a true joy to work with you. You completely understood what the family had wanted. You have such a God-given gift in your artistry. You were able to take my descriptions and basic design plans via e-mail communication and turn it into a beautiful work of art. This piece will be cherished in my congregation for years to come. I thank God that He directed my internet search to your website. We could not have received such a beautiful gift in memory of both of my parents anywhere else. Thank you again for sharing your gift with us in the form of this beautiful Paschal Candle stand.” Bethanne, Old Bridge, NJ

-- Andy Pitts, Heathsville, Virginia,, YouTube AndyPitts1000

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#1 posted 06-18-2015 02:14 PM

beautiful work!

Giving your best effort to make something for the Lord must be a rewarding experience.

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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#2 posted 06-18-2015 02:28 PM

Very nice Andy. You’re making me want to get back to some carving in my next project.
Beautiful piece.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#3 posted 06-18-2015 08:17 PM

Thanks Guys. Just trying to show that there is a place for hand carving and a place for machine carving (but not in this piece), and that the two can live in harmony.

-- Andy Pitts, Heathsville, Virginia,, YouTube AndyPitts1000

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#4 posted 06-18-2015 10:52 PM

Good fine detail work.

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#5 posted 06-19-2015 05:33 AM

Amaizing carving, even better than some CNC works.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 06-19-2015 05:24 PM

Thanks Dan and Ivan. What I like about having the chance to carve by hand is the imperfection (I like the little dips the gouge makes) and the fact that I can get lost for hours carving. But, those commissions are few and far between. So, CNC fills in the gaps and keeps me busy.

-- Andy Pitts, Heathsville, Virginia,, YouTube AndyPitts1000

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