|Project by CharlesA||posted 11-30-2015 07:44 PM||955 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
This is a baptismal font I made for the congregation I attend. I did a few blog posts that explain the design and build. I’m thankful for all the help I got on the way, particularly for the idea and help in the three way lap joint.
I used leather pads prepared with mink oil for contact points between the font and the bowl.
The bowl and pitcher were made by Flame Run glass studio here in Louisville, and are just gorgeous.
I used a finishing technique for Arts and Crafts QSWO from Popular Woodworking topped with Arm-R-Seal Satin, dark brown BriWax and then Renaissance Wax (the reason for the this on top of the BriWax is that Renaissance wax is water resistant and BriWax is not—an important factor in a piece that will have water in it!).
Below is a bit of theological description of evolving font designs. Feel free to skip it if it is not your thing, but it may help to flesh out specific design decisions that some may find interesting.
In many churches, the baptismal font has been used only when an actual baptism has taken place, with the symbol of the water primarily focused on the individual baptized. For these and other reasons, fonts have been without water for most worship services, with covers to keep out dust and dirt, and the symbolism usually expressed in symbols on the font.
Over the past couple of generations, there has been an effort to recover the notion that baptism is at the heart of Christian life. More recently, water has been poured into the font and baptismal imagery used even when no one is being baptized. At other seasons we have had the font in the center of the sanctuary instead of tucked out of sight. We feature the font when we do confirmation. Many congregations now pour water into the font during worship every service and lead portions of the service from the font.
This has led to a change in the way fonts are designed. Rather than a closed construction where the bowl is usually dry, covered mostly, and where the water cannot be seen from the congregation, a new form is emerging where the base is open, the bowl visible, either in clear or colored glass, and where the water is visible to the congregation. Others keep a more traditional base, but put the basin on the top.
-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson