"Challis of Love"

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Project by Arthouse posted 05-13-2016 12:48 PM 1189 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Born out of Love and inspired by the Holy Spirit. God gave me the inspiration to create to honor my parents. It is a token of my love and affection to my family and heritage. I designed , build and donated this Gothic Altar to this church in memorial to my descesed parents. It was an honor for my Great Grandfather build the church and my Great Uncle was the Architect Circa 1903. I started with Sugar maple cutting and fitting to the Gothic Arch which was predominately the whole design wanting it to fit into the Church’s elements and complimenting my Great Uncles Germanic Gothic style. I designed it to be open and airy to blend in. I then laid out the arches to include the four gospels with two four hole design. I included the three curve dove like center openings to symbolize the holy trinity. I then used the whole curved section in front to symbolize a Challis to hold the love I feel for my craft , my family and heritage . My endeavor will stand for a lifetime hoping some other relative will include there gifts from my family down the line. It was a introspective journey of love from my heart . An owl even came and stayed at my studio for five days to give me confidence and heavens approval. Healing Cardinals danced outside to there approval for a spiritual uplift from my Heart. I don’t like calling myself an artist for I cannot evoke feelings in furniture but this piece I can say I am an artist for it is born out of Love and evokes feelings from the parishioners and visitor alike. Through God I am able to inspire people with my Love to go do there best with love. I now have a depressed felling of closure I must deal with but will always be able to visit my Altar to reaffirm my faith and the journey of love I took to create this tribute of love every Sunday till I die . All this and Heaven too. Dan Pfeiffer .

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#1 posted 05-13-2016 12:57 PM

A stunning memorial to your parents and a beautiful alter for the church. Beautuful work, really beautiful, work of the highest degree of craftsmanship. Wow!

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 05-13-2016 12:59 PM

Very impressive work

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#3 posted 05-13-2016 01:30 PM

fantastic…..I thought the Holy Spirit looked like a dove, maybe it was an owl?

another great post and project, well done.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#4 posted 05-13-2016 02:46 PM

What a fantastic project and what a great connection to your heritage. I’m sure your great uncle and great grandfather would be proud. This is a wonderful piece of craftsmanship.

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#5 posted 05-13-2016 02:46 PM

Just an excellent piece of work Dan. Your ancestors would be very proud of this addition to the family body of work.
It truly is a beautiful church, more so now for the addition of this altar.

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

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#6 posted 05-13-2016 02:53 PM

Dan, your piece is absolutely stunning! An true masterpiece.

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#7 posted 05-13-2016 03:17 PM

The style fits perfectly in the church. You did an amazing job. Did your owl help? :)

-- Julian

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#8 posted 05-13-2016 03:42 PM

Beautiful Work!

God Bless You…

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#9 posted 05-13-2016 09:46 PM

Beautifully done!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#10 posted 05-14-2016 01:14 AM

Wow! You really threw yourself into this one and it shows. A great testament to your vision, skill, and execution. Well done

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#11 posted 05-14-2016 01:22 AM

Wonderful! A true inspiration!

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#12 posted 05-14-2016 03:34 AM

A great altar inspired and designed with love and finished with skill and devotion. Thank you for sharing
this with us and all those who will visit this church. We like to think we can make something that will bring
others happiness and peace, you have proved that you can do it.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#13 posted 05-14-2016 02:11 PM

I Take off a hat….....

-- Ganchik Sasha

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#14 posted 05-15-2016 12:03 AM

dan, i have been waiting for this from the beginning, and time has not disappointed, i knew with your talent and also how you would be blessed to make the most appropriate piece that it would be in spirit with what the Lord would be pleased with, the angels of heaven are smiling upon you , what a wonderful job, and a true honor to your family, thank you for showing the altar with us, i hope you will overcome your feelings of finality and will move on to a new piece that may inspire someone new.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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