The Conversion of Paul

  • Advertise with us
Project by JamesVavra posted 450 days ago 1083 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.


8 comments so far

View shopmania's profile


686 posts in 1779 days

#1 posted 450 days ago

Nice concept! Well done!

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

View Gene Howe's profile

Gene Howe

5388 posts in 2026 days

#2 posted 450 days ago

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

View sras's profile


3780 posts in 1726 days

#3 posted 450 days ago

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

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

View Robb's profile


660 posts in 2531 days

#4 posted 450 days ago

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

-- Robb

View BGW's profile


123 posts in 604 days

#5 posted 450 days ago

So creative…well done, James.

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

View Fishinbo's profile


11216 posts in 773 days

#6 posted 448 days ago

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

View mafe's profile (online now)


9435 posts in 1686 days

#7 posted 443 days ago

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.

View CalgaryGeoff's profile


936 posts in 1079 days

#8 posted 268 days ago

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.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase