Viking Wood Carving

Christian

Celtic Crosses


A Celtic cross most often contains intricate Celtic knots and  a nimbus, or halo, around the point of intersection. The nimbus in Celtic regions was pagan in origin, but came to represent the light of Christ as a halo around His head and then to be used as a high cross, which was depicted in medieval paintings as the holiness of Christ and the Apostles. 


Classic Angel Relief Carving







Basswood finished with Danish Oil
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Pattern by Maureen Hockley.



Nativity Pieces



These Mary's and Joseph's are from the book Woodcarving the Nativity in the Folk Art Style by Shawn Cipa. I give a new piece each year to my granddaughter, nephews, and neices for Christmas. I figure that I'm set for presents for another 12 years or so.


Benevolence Offering Box with Stand



Red Oak

My pastor asked me to create some special offering boxes when we do our benevolence offering, immediately following Communion Sunday (3rd of each month). It's a special offering taken to support the monthly Second Harvest Food Distribution costs, as well as an emergency fund for those in need. Rather than having someone with an offering plate at each exit, the pastor thought there might be less pressure on people to give a little extra if there was simply a box at the door. Making these was a pleasure and, though it may seem unusual, became a type of personal worship as I worked on them, because I couldn't help keeping focused on Jesus as I made each one.

Chip Carved Cross

This chip carved cross is made of aspen and red oak (edges and base). It is finished with a satin polyurathane. The front shows a traditional Scandinavian pattern, with three rosettes. On the back is carved what Jesus said were the two greatest commandments: Matt 22:37 Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." and Matt 22:39 "And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself."