Welcome to my site of hand sculpted wooden crosses and other shapes, made to your design choice or bespoke to your own ideas
My work-shop is situated virtually on the Kedleston Road/Duffield Road merging. and literally just outside (across the road) from the official CATHEDRAL QUARTER.
Just starting out to learn Illustrator with the expectation of acquiring a Laser Cutter/Engraver so I can add quality text and pictures to wood.
A SPECIAL FOR EASTER
A special I have done for EASTER last year is a Montage of 3 crosses in Oak which if made in the large size – 2 metres high + could be set (installed) on either a temporary or permanent basis in a Church yard. Or made small could grace a stand or mantlepiece within the home. Shown below are the prices and suggested sizes of such a project.
As shown none of the crosses would be vertical nor would they be in line – the effect of breaking with a ‘FORMAL’ setting is that they ‘catch’ the eye very effectively – we are used to seeing most things even in the art world as being ‘horizontal’ and ‘vertical’ and with piece I have deliberately chosen to break the rules – the result is dramatic – as was the life of Christ
Made in Pine £500 price includes installation (provided the situation is normal soil and NOT concrete) but not delivery.
Made in Oak . £850 price includes installation (provided the situation is normal soil and NOT concrete) but not delivery.
Just visited Holy Trinity church Knaresborough where they bought a very large “3 on a Hill” about three years ago – maybe something for other churches to consider.
T Light holders which in the first instance are for single lights, these will be followed shortly by taller holders, and ones for multiple lights.
My smallest crosses are about 5 cm high, the largest over 2 metres, and anything in between.
I offer individually commissioned work, and supply Retreat Houses, Christian Book shops, and Church shops across the UK and Junior Schools, as well as many private customers.
I first started doing these 20+ years ago – having been a woodworker all my life, but never all that interested in joinery or cabinet making, I wanted to make crosses but didn’t want to have to tangle with joint – though necessary, I find then tedious.
Having always been fascinated by the incarnation ‘God made man’- experiencing Jesus in our everyday life and our understanding of the cross, I wanted to portray the cross in a way in which it wasn’t normally seen, and in which it would speak to people in a way in which the ‘standard’ cross didn’t.
After a lot of thinking and experimenting, I adapted to using my bandsaw, and with some trial and error came up with my present ‘style’.
Each year, my wife and I take our work on exhibitions throughout the UK, visiting Theological Colleges, the main annual Church supplies exhibitions, Baptist, Methodist, and United Reformed Church conferences, to name but three.
We exhibit at 5 Head Teachers Conferences yearly. Our work, both textiles and wood, is becoming increasingly popular with both Catholic, and C of E Primary Schools for both indoor and outdoor work.
*Please note that up until this year I had only supplied the UK market, but I have now supplied a Benedictine Abbey in NSW Australia. I thought this would be quite difficult because of Customs, but the package went through without any problems.