Crucifix during Lent

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This is my fifth hand carved piece. I actually needed money to buy an engagement ring, and I entered a local Spanish Mission’s contest to design a crucifix for their new church. I didn’t win though, but I was beat by a real master. It’s a good thing that I didn’t win because then I would have had to do a 6 foot version.

I purposefully went with the rougher Spanish style for the corpus. The nail holes are in Christ’s wrists not hands, because this is how most historians believe that crucifixions were done (though there is debate on the subject). I took the idea of the bent cross beam from a Spanish priest, St. John of the Cross. Pope John Paul II had a similar bend in his cross. I tried to go with a Goya style tormented face. Not sure if I was successful.

Mahogany. about 19 inches tall.

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#1 posted 01-30-2008 02:10 AM

Beautiful piece and historically correct! Thanks for sharing and welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#2 posted 01-30-2008 02:47 AM

This is a gorgeous piece. I cannot imagine how you went about carving something like this. The detail is outstanding. Any idea how long it took you to complete?

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 01-30-2008 02:56 AM

Very nice indeed!!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#4 posted 01-30-2008 03:06 AM

Very nice…. I hope to be a great carver someday. I really enjoy the hobby.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#5 posted 01-30-2008 03:18 AM


-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 01-30-2008 03:22 AM

inspiring work !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 01-30-2008 04:11 AM

Man your good! After my fifth carving it still looked like a stick of wood only smaller.

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#8 posted 01-30-2008 04:30 AM

You are truly talented. Beautiful work.
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#9 posted 01-30-2008 04:51 AM

Absolutely beautiful!!! I am speechless :)

-- Dana,Texas

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#10 posted 01-30-2008 11:10 AM

That is beautiful – well done, hard to believe that someone did one any better.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 01-30-2008 12:16 PM

Very well done.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#12 posted 01-30-2008 03:29 PM

your 5th??? unbelievable
it was unbelievable without knowing that it was only your 5th carving.
Well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 01-30-2008 11:10 PM

You all are very kind. Many thanks for this. I’m glad to hear that this is decent for a 5th piece because I see a lot of your work and get a little intimidated. To answer an earlier question – This was first time doing a human form, so it probably took me a lot longer that it would now. I worked on it maybe 2 hours a day for the duration of Lent, so that’s maybe 80-100 man hours. NO idea if that’s accurate and, if it is, if that’s super slow. I’ve never measured my time when I carved because I don’t want to embarrass myself by my own slow progress. Except for the initial cutting with a saw, it was done with one blade and a lot of sandpaper.

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