I know a lot people come here to see more my tiny carved pencils, but I thought it might fun to show some other carvings I have done on a larger scale. I’m a visual artist and love to work in a wide range of media. I also love to combine different media to create something truly unique.
The first church pew I carved was eight feet long and included a back-lit stained glass piece. It took me over 700 hours during a long Nebraska winter. (I still have it for sale, by the way)
Here are some final images of my church pews. At the end of the post you can see the ‘in progress’ blog posts for these projects. Also, this work was featured in “Woodcarving Illustrated” magazine (Winter / Spring 2016) – read the article here.
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This is the first one I carved, and the first wood carving I had done in over 20 years. I used my old, cheap chisels on this one and didn’t know anything about sharpening back then! I just muddled my way through it and learned a lot! The pew I started with was water damaged and so I stripped it, carved it and refinished it.
I tried to tell the story of Christ’s crucifixion in three scenes. On the left is the town of Jerusalem where His trial took place. The center scene is the crucifixion with three mourners and the right side shows the empty tomb with the rock rolled away.
On the bench area, I used a Dremel tool to hand carve the scripture:
Here is a closer look at the crucifixion scene. Using some of my jewelry experience, I made a wire ‘crown of thorns’.
This pew gained a lot of attention and led to a client commissioning two smaller pews.
“The Healing Pew”
I really like it when a client trusts me enough with a large project to create a design without having to approve various steps or elements. 😀 This pew turned out to be exactly what she was after. Using the knowledge I gained from the first pew and having better tools I found this pew much easier to work with!I added a glass mosaic this time instead of the leaded glass of the first pew. I felt this gave the glass a lighter look as well as letting me add finer detail.
Here is a side view of the pew that shows the carving I did of the cross and robe in the inset. The green oval area is made of glass chips embedded in epoxy (with my name ‘signed’ in copper wire.
“Throne of Grace” Pew
The second church pew commissioned by the client was to show the ‘Throne of Grace’. After some research, I came up with a design I thought would give a good representation. Again I incorporated a glass mosaic, I also built out the staircase to add a little more dimension to the piece. I carved two marble columns to use a pillars on each side of the throne. It’s hard to see in this photo, but words are engraved in each of them.
Here is a view of lit glass mosaic. Each of these pews have a custom lightbox added to the back of the pew.
Finally, here is a closer look at staircase and columns.
To see how these projects came together, check out these older blog posts that show their progress.
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