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03-04-2015 10:39 AM

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I have been commissioned by St Mary’s Catholic Church to build a new Altar for there church. Since my Great Grandfather built the church and my Great Uncle was the Architect on the Church circa 1903 I felt it was a great honor to be able to design and built a new piece for the next fifty years.I wanted the piece to fit into the Germanic design as well as highlight the existing back High Altar in the Asp end of the church so I started by borrowing the Gothic design elements from the upper walls of the reconciliation doors . From the model I have built the first mock up which shows the bottom half of one leg.

The Altar is all paint with a light stain over the paint slightly antiquing the whole Altar. I will post more as I go along as I lay out then cut and fit until delivery. Stay tuned . All this and Heaven too.

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#1 posted 03-04-2015 12:19 PM

Labor of love indeed! Wonderful.

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#2 posted 03-04-2015 01:04 PM

Theology aside, I would love to do work like this. I have built a “kneeling wall” for a Lutheran church and a flip top raised panel sound board desk for a Catholic church…and Katrina hit and my work of art s somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico.

You have a nice design going on there. I cant wait to see the final product.

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#3 posted 03-04-2015 01:17 PM

That is quite an undertaking. It will be beautiful and I hope that you will do a blog on it. It certainly will be a labor of love.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 03-04-2015 10:52 PM

how wonderful is this, so many family generations involved in this, it looks like this alter is going to be beautiful just like all of the other pieces of furniture you have made, thank you for sharing this with us….

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#5 posted 03-05-2015 02:14 AM

Congratulations. The opportunity to build an altar doesn’t come often. They last too long!

I’m glad to hear they still have the traditional high altar. A lot of Catholic churches aren’t that fortunate.

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