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Rustic Cedar Log Chapel Wall Cross Jill's House Caring for Special Needs Children Ministry Virginia

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 09-17-2010 12:23 AM 3296 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Handmade Wall Cross for the new Chapel at Jilll’s House ministry in Vienna, Virginia for Special Needs Children (click here for their website with video)

To see the matching Rustic Cedar Log Chapel Podium, click here to see that project posting

This was a commissioned project.
(If you would like something similar, please email me): mark@decosutudio.com

Specifications:
Material: Kansas Flint Hills Cedar Logs
Spikes: Hand-forged Steel
Finish: Flat Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Design: Natural Edges, with Stacked Shadow-line Style
Size: 35” wide x 55” Tall by 6” Thick

Project Story:
(more later)

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thanks for looking,
Mark DeCou
www.decoustudio.com

(Note: all text, photos, and project designs are protected by Copyright 2010 by the Author, M.A. DeCou, no unauthorized use in whole, or part is allowed without expressed written permission.)

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com





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rivergirl

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#1 posted 09-17-2010 12:26 AM

This is a very interesting piece, it has a Mexican feel to it I think. I love the log slice flower (for lack of a better term in the center. Nice use of live edge.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#2 posted 09-17-2010 12:27 AM

I realy like the lood of the cedar, great job.

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Mark A. DeCou

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#3 posted 09-17-2010 12:28 AM

Mexican? Ouch, What did I do wrong?

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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#4 posted 09-17-2010 12:38 AM

oh this is beautiful mark..i love cedar…and you did a fantastic job…i dont care what state its in..its a wonderful rustic project…my kind of work…i dont think we can do any better then what god has done to shape and make wood what it is…you did a great job with it…bravo…....grizz

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

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#5 posted 09-17-2010 12:41 AM

Not sure, but it looks south western/ Mexican to me. Nice work. What is it supposed to be? Not classical I hope :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 09-17-2010 12:43 AM

I see that as a compliment- sorry- I think? but your cross is simply carved- colorful- with a big flower in the center – I can seriously visualize this being inside of a mission in Mexico. If I could insert some photos here.. (never mastered that yet) I would show you some examples of crosses in Mexican missions. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Mark A. DeCou

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#7 posted 09-17-2010 12:49 AM

I don’t know what style, just something I dreamed up to match the Podium (another project posting).

When I think of “Mexican” I think of drawers that don’t work, doors that don’t close, a really rough finish that snags fabric on a dust rag, just very low quality work. That’s what I was thinking. I can see what you are seeing though. Thanks for the comments.

Mark

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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#8 posted 09-17-2010 12:51 AM

Not all of Mexico is low quality junk. I find much of their art and architecture very beautiful and your cross is also very beautiful. :) Did not mean to offend.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#9 posted 09-17-2010 01:22 AM

I guess I would say my first inpression is SW/ Celtic mix.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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rivergirl

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#10 posted 09-17-2010 01:23 AM

In other words Topa an Scottish Mexican? Or would that be Irish?

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#11 posted 09-17-2010 01:43 AM

Well, guess they are all celts using the circle around their cross ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Mark A. DeCou

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#12 posted 09-17-2010 02:08 AM

He TopamaxSurvivor: I agree with your “debt” tag line. I got out of debt in 1997, ooohh what a feeling!

“Just as the rich rule the poor, The borrower is servant to the Lender.”
(I read that somewhere)

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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rivergirl

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#13 posted 09-17-2010 02:50 AM

I also like Topas quotes. I still have some debt- a house mortgage and the dreaded school loans… but no credit cards or anything else like that. And let me tell you- even just having those 2 necessary evils and all the insurance premiums and property, school and other taxes that go with day to day living is trying on the soul.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#14 posted 09-17-2010 04:57 AM

Mark: Another great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#15 posted 09-17-2010 05:07 AM

This has a very nice rustic and ethnic flair to it using the wood as a “found” object and not altering it with too many manmade tool techniques. The piece has a very humble, yet ethereal voice. Beautiful use of the cedar.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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