Celtic Cross

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Project by Ronald G Campbell posted 04-15-2014 01:45 AM 849 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The “Celtic Cross” This is a piece I turned for a friend at the Gallery Uptown in Grand Haven Mi. She is a carver and wanted to carve a piece for me. Being Scottish Irish I told her I would like a Celtic Cross carved. She replied what is that. I sent her images and this is the carving she did. Her name is Linda Foley and what a job she did. I posted this on Facebook and have so much interest in it and it is not finished or priced. What finish should I use and should I dye and stain this. What finish do you use on basswood

It is nice to be back and in my shop. Much more in work and will follow

-- Ron Campbell

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Bob Collins

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#1 posted 04-15-2014 02:16 AM

Lovely piece Ron, I don’t know anything about basswood but I am sure whatever you do will turn out great.
That’s a great piece of carving by your friend, very unique. Was the basswood bleached? Have you got into
the shells yet, I have tried bleaching some wood with limited success.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 04-15-2014 02:36 AM

Hey welcome back to the cold country. It is snowing here right now!! you will probably get 3-4”

I don’t know how basswood stains or dyes, but I think it would look nice in a light stain with black in all the low areas to make the cross outline stand out. Or a dark stain with a gold leaf in the low areas!!

Cheers, Jim…............See you Saturday!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 04-15-2014 02:42 AM

Nice collaboration Ron, I’m thinking along similar lies to Jim but Dark in the low spots & gold leaf on the relief carving of the actual knot.
Make sure you post the end result

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#4 posted 04-15-2014 02:43 AM

Hey Ron, welcome back.
Thinking about the pieces you have shown here, I can see some fabulous dyeing and further embellishments.
Can’t wait to see the finished piece.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.

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#5 posted 04-15-2014 06:51 AM

I reckon it should be stained with a dark dye, to provide a finish similar to aged weathered stone.

-- Bandsawn Box Plans available at ~

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#6 posted 04-15-2014 07:59 AM

This came out really nice Ron. You did recruit this talented gal to LJ didn’t you?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 04-15-2014 08:41 AM

Linda did a wonderful job on your vessel. Her carving really takes the vessel up a couple notches. Will you invite her to LJ’s? We need more women here. I have never stained/dyed basswood. I hope you have some scrap around to practice on, as I suspect it will be hard to get even.

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#8 posted 04-15-2014 12:09 PM

I like it. Well done.

-- jroot

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Ronald G Campbell

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#9 posted 04-15-2014 12:25 PM

Hey all thanks for the info. I will have to get little more basswood to try and experiment with. I have tried to get her to LJ and will continue. She is a watercolor artist but also build dulcimers. Yes she is a great artist. I will keep trying and get back to all of you with the finished piece

-- Ron Campbell

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#10 posted 04-15-2014 01:00 PM

I am with Jim on this one… if it was my piece I would burn all the low spots, and use a traditional oil finish of some kind to make it look a hundred years old. Beautiful piece!

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#11 posted 04-15-2014 01:03 PM

While you are experimenting, try a dark walnut stain applied, and then lightly sand. Should get much darker in the recesses.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#12 posted 04-15-2014 01:06 PM

Ronald, this is a beautiful piece. You’ve done a wonderful job on both the turning and the carving of it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 04-15-2014 04:48 PM

That is a lovely turned vessel and the carving is super. A great combination.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Ronald G Campbell

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#14 posted 04-16-2014 12:51 AM

Hey all thanks for the comments and the looks. I will be in the shop later this week and will finish with bleach, burning and dye

-- Ron Campbell

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#15 posted 04-16-2014 11:55 AM

WOW Ron that is awesome… beautifully turned and carved and I really hope the two of you do some more combined projects because that one is amazing.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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