|Project by KnotWright||posted 01-12-2010 06:12 AM||2352 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
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!