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Purle Heart and Bodark / A Cross indeed

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Project by KnotWright posted 1556 days ago 1959 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got a nice block of purple heart from a friend, and it sat for almost 5 years before I decided to try something. I wanted something meaningful and that a special person would treasure, because for me this purple heart was pretty special.

The first cut off of this slab is still waiting to be made into a set of rosary beads (another long story)

So this year I took out that purple heart again and looked at it. I decided this would be a great little project for my Dad who does so much not only for our family but for anyone he comes in contact with. He is very involved with the church he’s a member of, so I thought this very fitting.

During Hurricane Ike, Dad had on his place this Bodark tree that had survived Hurricane Alecia, but didn’t make it thru Ike, so he cut it up. I had him save me pieces 4’ long and 18” long.

And here we begin. The cross I made for Dad, he got for Thanksgiving. I got a commission from my Mom to make a dear friend of the family one also. So this is that cross.

They are made from 3/4” cuts of the purple heart and saw blade width cuts of the bodark, then banded with a 1/4” strip of german beech. Then carefully hand waxed with some Bri Wax, numerous times to get that shine just right, you know!

-- James





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Alexander

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#1 posted 1556 days ago

Nice job. A gift from the heart anyone would welcome.

-- John at Sugarloft Mountain........Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

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scrappy

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#2 posted 1556 days ago

Fantastic crosses. The story is very touching. Great design and build. I am sure they will both be loved.

Keep it up.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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Gary

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#3 posted 1556 days ago

Nice. You did a great job

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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Tim

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#4 posted 1556 days ago

Absolutely beautiful!!!

-- Tim - Austin, TX

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Dusty56

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#5 posted 1556 days ago

Beautiful crosses : ) I’ve never heard of Bodark before , but it adds a nice contrast to the PH.

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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Loucarb

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#6 posted 1556 days ago

Fantastic crosses & a wonderful gift for your dad.

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Woodwrecker

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#7 posted 1556 days ago

Those are two of the nicest looking crosses I’ve ever seen.
You sure did that wood proud.
I bet your Dad and family friend love them.

-- Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

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