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Project by wdkits1 posted 642 days ago 1100 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Everyone
I was commissioned to do 8 of these. They are made from Peruvian walnut( laminated 5 Ply for strength ) and scrolled, then attached to a 37” tapered Mahogany shaft with a brass tip. I used my bandsaw jig to taper the shafts then turned the round knob and attached together with a dowel pin and 2 part epoxy. Finished with 5 coats of wipe-on poly.

A virge, from the Latin virga, is a type of rod, made of wood.

Originally it was one or more branches (the French often use verges, the plural of its equivalent, as the normal word for a rod, the rarer singular verge rather indicates a switch) used as an instrument for corporal punishment, or as a riding crop.

It is presently best known as the ceremonial staff of the Anglican and Episcopalian lay church officers known as verger (or originally virger : the title derives from virge), who originally used it as a ‘weapon’ to make way for the ecclesiastical procession (compare the catholic garde suisse), and occasionally to chastise unruly choristers.

-- Mike --www.midlothianwoodworks.com





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Roger

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#1 posted 642 days ago

Very interesting. Thnx for the lesson on this. Very kool

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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grizzman

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#2 posted 642 days ago

really good work, im sure those who you made this for were appreciative for the fine detail in what you did and overall great craftsmanship…

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

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#3 posted 642 days ago

A really unique project ,great job.

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Dan'um Style

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#4 posted 642 days ago

well done Bud. You said you laminated the walnut. How did you orient the grain?

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

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oldnovice

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#5 posted 641 days ago

How did you cut the details into the head?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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wdkits1

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#6 posted 641 days ago

Thanks for the comments guys.
To DAN—3 layers up and down, 2 layers across, very strong.
To oldnovice—The tops of the virge measure 3” wide x 6” tall and 7/8” thick.
I used a #5 skip tooth blade on the scroll saw and did the detail carving and sanding with the dremal tool

-- Mike --www.midlothianwoodworks.com

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Jeffrey Alexander

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#7 posted 641 days ago

Nice work! Wish my parish would commission new ones…

-- "--Build Beauty to leave to those who appreciated it , not to ungrateful kids..."

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