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Project by dlcarver posted 03-24-2008 09:43 PM 1637 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Crucifix was handcarved in May of 1969. That’s 40 years ago. I was asked to do one for a co-worker. When I went to do it and found that I had none to look at for reference, I decided that I would keep it myself….. being ashamed that I didn’t have one in the house. It has hung over our bed ever since. The cross itself is made from basswood, while the Corpus is carved from white pine. For strength the arms doweled and glued separately with the grain going with the length of the arm and fingers. This was all done before the carving began,.... even the size of the dowel had to be pondered. If I would have carved into the dowel it would have stuck out like a sore thumb. I can’t remember just how long it took me, but I think maybe around 50 hours. The whole project was stained with an early American stain. I’m not sure about the finish. Looks like a semi gloss…(that;s what I was doing everything with at that time). The cross measures 15” long x 8 1/2”. Corpus is about 8 1/2” long x 8 1/4” arm span. It was a fun project

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#1 posted 03-24-2008 09:45 PM

Sorry guys I will have to retake these pictures, but you get the idea.

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#2 posted 03-24-2008 11:28 PM

wow thats beautiful. its so detailed. great job!

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 03-24-2008 11:32 PM

Hi Dave,

The pictures look fine to me. This is a beautiful carving. I don’t blame you for keeping this one. Your talent is simply amazing.

Thanks for the inspiration.

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 03-25-2008 01:03 AM

Hi Dave;

Great job with this. Forty years!

I have projects at thirty five years. OH man! That’s scary.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 03-25-2008 03:45 AM

Hi Dave

Beautiful job once again. Your carvings are exquisite. Thank you for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 03-25-2008 11:55 AM

O. K. Dave, I’ve had trouble picking a favorite piece of your work – this is it. Of course the next one that you post may become my newest favorite. I guess I like them all. Did your friend ever get one?

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

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#7 posted 03-25-2008 01:26 PM

No, he never did get one. It took a period of time that I guess we both just seemed to forget about it. Thanks for picking a favorite. I’m not done yet.


-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#8 posted 03-26-2008 01:04 AM

yah.. pix look good to me! Very impressive.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 03-26-2008 10:15 AM

This is magnificent. Thanks for posting.

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#10 posted 03-26-2008 06:01 PM

WOW. What a Beautiful carving… very detailed.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#11 posted 03-26-2008 06:09 PM

Another beautiful piece of your talent.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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