Walnut & Purpleheart Crucifix

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Project by Tony Mirabella posted 01-06-2016 03:50 AM 1165 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a crucifix that I made as a gift for my sister and brother-in-law. It is made from black walnut with inlaid purpleheart. The little end caps are also walnut, held in place with brass pins. Finished with boiled linseed oil.

Lemme tell you, being a woodworker with a Catholic family really makes gift-giving occasions less complicated. Now, off to make six more of these…

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#1 posted 01-06-2016 12:56 PM

Tony, nice work on your crucifix. Looks very nice. BTY, had a friend show me a crucifix gifted to him by his Pentacostal Mother in law (go figure). It had a small dovetail slider in the back of the tree that opened to reveal a small plastic vial of holy water, a vial if incense, and a candle. Only mentioning this in case you wanted to complicate your life a little.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#2 posted 01-06-2016 04:05 PM

Very nice work! I do many a cross and crucifix. Both for family, friends and church donations. Always trying to find a new way to make a cross!

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Tony Mirabella

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#3 posted 01-06-2016 04:58 PM

Thanks! You know, every time I make one, I always want to find some way to make it multi-purpose. It’s only a matter of time before I build one that doubles as a universal remote control for the tv or something else blasphemous, lol.

Thank you, sir. I really think that’s what makes a simple cross an interesting project. You can get those design gears turning and make it into something challenging and meaningful. The one in your photo is very cool, and an interesting story behind it, too.

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#4 posted 01-07-2016 02:43 AM

Beautiful crucifix Tony. Greg, your friend’s crucifix given to him by his MIL might have been a sick bed crucifix – at least I think thats what they were called. My parents had one with a pocket in the back that had a couple of small candles and some holy water. The slider had a place to stand the candles upright when they were burning. Meant to be used in the event of serious sickness or when, back in the day, a priest was called to administer the last rites. I’ll have to work up some of these for our new parish’s craft fair next year. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve - Front Royal, VA

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