Cross Method

In November of 2017 Woodleaf had the opportunity to design a cross with Stewart Woodard (of Stewart Woodard Galleries) for Christ Episcopal Church in Downtown Raleigh. Below is a "working" CAD drawing of the cross that was fabricated for the church. 

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Below you will see a summarized sequence of photos that show the step-by-step process of fabricating the wooden cross. First bevel cuts were made to form the prism edges of the cross. Tapered edges were then cut to allow the cross to seamlessly meet at the narrower hub (the center of the cross). At bottom right you can see the custom steel plate we had fabricated to help reinforce the hub and to provide a means with which to attach the arc pieces. The arc pieces were cut by a router on a compass.

The cross segments are made of solid laminated walnut, stained and lacquered. The arc pieces are made from alder wood. The arc pieces were first sealed, then primed with oriental red paint, gold leafed, sealed with an amber shellac, glazed and ultimately top coated with lacquer. 

Woodleaf delivered and hung the cross in The Parish Hall at Christ Episcopal Church last week.