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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 05-31-2016 12:26 PM 1328 views 3 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cross my wife requested out of desert wood. The cross and base are mesquite and the holder is the skeleton of an arm on a saguaro cactus that had died long ago. That piece is well over 100 yrs old. I made the cross to hook inside of a loop on the skeleton and all is glued together.

It is 12” tall and the base is oval 3” x 6 1/2”. I made the base by a slaunchwise cut across the log. I had to grind off what was left of the bark because the bugs did a pretty good job of eating all the bark and sapwood. The cross has the natural mesquite bark and has no bugs ( different log).

It is finished with clear lacquer.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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Roger

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#1 posted 05-31-2016 12:31 PM

A nice piece o art.

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#2 posted 05-31-2016 12:56 PM

Very nice and artistic. Nice garden too!

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#3 posted 05-31-2016 02:01 PM

Well done Jim. In picture 1 and 3, it reminds me of eagle feathers brushing against the cross.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 05-31-2016 02:13 PM

Nicely done Jim.

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oldrivers

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#5 posted 05-31-2016 02:28 PM

Very Nice yea, Very well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#6 posted 05-31-2016 03:17 PM

Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 05-31-2016 04:21 PM

That’s a very moving piece. Another job well done!

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#8 posted 05-31-2016 04:25 PM

Very interesting concept with this natural piece of wood as holder, in contrast with flat finished stand.

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#9 posted 05-31-2016 06:28 PM

Jim, this really looks nice. I love it’s rustic nature. You might say that this is the Old Rugged Cross.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#10 posted 05-31-2016 07:54 PM

Wow! This is really nice. The cactus arm looks like the flame of the Spirit or the flaming wings of an angel.

Very cool!

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#11 posted 05-31-2016 08:56 PM

Very nice—I like this piece!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 05-31-2016 09:13 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. My wife loves it and that’s all that matters.

Hi Charles, that is right…it is an old rugged cross. Thank you.
That cactus does look like a wing!!
Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Mark Wilson

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#13 posted 05-31-2016 09:16 PM

It is finished. And it is good.

-- Mark

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#14 posted 05-31-2016 11:09 PM

Very COOL…

I like it!

COOL mounting… etc. NICE!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 06-01-2016 12:06 AM

Thanks mark and Joe!!
Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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