The Conversion of Paul

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Project by JamesVavra posted 04-29-2013 09:09 PM 1638 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece was commissioned by a church. The design was left to me, but they did ask that it fit into their mission. Their congregation is heavily populated by diverse immigrant groups that I represented with the multitude of different species of wood. The three beams of light represent the Conversion of Paul on the Road to Damascus, which is apropos to this particular group.

Tesera are comprised of Walnut, Cherry, rosewood, tulipwood, purpleheart, silver maple, rock maple, zebrawood, bocote, bubinga, bamboo, hickory, and a touch of ebony. They vary in thickness to add some additional texture and

Finish is a few coats of blonde shellac and then it’s been top coats with a satin, water-borne poly.


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#1 posted 04-29-2013 11:19 PM

Nice concept! Well done!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#2 posted 04-29-2013 11:31 PM

That is very nice, James. Good eye!
I’m sure the congregation love’s it. I know I do.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 04-30-2013 01:07 AM

Very nice – the background reminds me of a coat of many colors … ;)

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#4 posted 04-30-2013 05:59 AM

Very pretty. I like how the blocks are different thicknesses as well as different species.

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#5 posted 04-30-2013 05:23 PM

So creative…well done, James.

-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin

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#6 posted 05-02-2013 02:11 PM

Great idea and design, very creative. Like the wonderful colors and the texture. A great interpretation to their mission.

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#7 posted 05-07-2013 11:43 AM

Really nice and some wonderful thoughts behind it.
Sure it will light up in that church.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 10-29-2013 08:50 AM

I,just love the decorated panel, it’s is such an interesting and amazing piece of art. My plan is to add a frame instead of speakers stand to a similar piece I’m working on. Nice work, keep em coming.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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