|Project by Mark A. DeCou||posted 05-18-2006 11:16 PM||8091 views||2 times favorited||22 comments|
This was a commissioned piece, and so it has been sold.
If you would like a carved table of your own, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Matthew 26:26-28 (NIV):
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
A new widow in our church wanted a way to have her husband’s long-term service to the community and church remembered, and she wanted to use the memorial funds given in his honor in a way to provide something the church needed.
She came upon the idea of a new Communion Table. When she started asking around about it, to see if others would like one for the church, I heard about it, and approached her about building it myself. She liked the idea, and I promised to build something that she would be proud of.
She had in mind a simple table, similar to the ones pictured in the church supply catalog, and after a few months, she started pushing me to get finished with my project. I made the legs for this table on my Legacy Ornamental Lathe, hand carved the ball/claw feet, and carved the raised relief lettering on the front and back. I had plans for carved end panels with grapes and vines, and wheat staffs and a loaf of bread, but with her needing me to finish up the schedule, I called it complete.
The delivery of this table to the church was one of pure honor and joy. The family called everyone they could get to attend, and they had a memorial ceremony and dedication of the table to the Lord’s service in the church, and honored me as the builder of the table. The boost in the family’s healing and the grieving process was definitely helped by having the little ceremony, and I was honored like few times I have ever known. The church board gave me about double the price I had quoted, which just made a great situation, even better, if it could have been.
The wood is Red Oak, stained Minwax Early American, Lacquer spray finish. The top is a Porringer Style Shaped top, and the design was to fit into an old country church with antique Victorian Era Furnishings.
Photography by Trey Allen, Wichita, KS www.treyallen.com
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Want to See More of my Furniture Work?:
If you go to my Mark DeCou Website you will find that I have not updated my website in quite some time. I realize that I need to invest in improving my website, but until that is accomplished, here are some more Lumberjocks related lilnks with updated postings of my furniture work, sorted into categories. Thanks for your interest in my work, and your patience with my website.
- Arts & Crafts Entry Table; with Carved Oak Leaves
- Arts & Crafts Orchid Stand w/ Wine Bottle Storage
- Arts & Crafts Style Morris Inspired Chairs
- Arts & Crafts Display Top Coffee Table
- Arts & Crafts Style Inspired End Table Set
- Arts & Crafts Style Inspired Prairie Couch
- Table Lamps
- Arts & Crafts Carved Entertainment Center
- Mission Entertainment Center
- Carved Communion Table
- Carved Roll Top Sound Equipment Cabinet
- Fancy Chuch Altars
- Processional Cross
- Fancy Speaker's Lectern
- Church Hymn Number Board
- Communion Chalice (Cup) and Paten
- Sam Maloof Inspired Walnut Rocker
- Original Art Carved Tilt Front Desk, inspired by Birger Sandzen
- Natural Edge; Nakashima Inspired Coffee Table
- Decoratively Painted Box End Tables
- Birch China Cabinet for Cut Glass Collection
- Naughty (Knotty) Refined Rustic White Oak & Black Walnut China Hutch
- A Kansa Indian and Buffalo Accent Art-Chair
- Refined Rustic Dining Chairs
- Refined Rustic Dining Table
- Cowboy-Western Style Suitcase/Luggage Support Racks
- Fun With Cedar Logs #1; Sitting Stool
- Fun With Cedar Logs #2; Coat/Hat/Spur Rack
- Fun With Cedar Logs #3; Western Style Hat/Coat Rack
- Fun With Cedar Logs #4; Entryway Stool
- Kennebunkport Style Adirondack Chair
- Outdoor Garden Wedding Arbor
- Outdoor Project: Cedar Wood Double Settee
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Still Want to See more of my work?
Start with each of these links, and they will take you to other organized lists of my other niche products:
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-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com