Crosses by Woody
tel: 603-357-2113
email: woodyshook@gmail.com
Crosses of celebration: Baptism, Wedding crosses
Our wooden creations include:

Our Crosses

Crosses of Celebration

Baptism Cross   (regular and large size)

Photo of a baptism cross. The scallop shell is the traditional symbol for the Sacrament of Baptism, reflecting how it is that God’s grace and love are poured out upon our lives. It is a symbol used to mark the way on pilgrimages. It says that on the pilgrimage of life, God’s blessing is poured out upon life. This cross can have either a natural scallop shell or a hand-carved wooden shell. Both are set into the wooden cross.

Options: There are two options for the scallop shell. On a trip to Sanibel Island, Florida, I collected many beautiful scallop shells. One of these can be set into the center of the cross. The second option is a hand-carved wooden scallop shell made from Olive wood, curly maple, or Padauk (orange hue which darkens with age).

I can provide any number of types of wood for the cross, including Purple Heart, maple or African Mahogany

To personalize: Provide me a piece of wood that has particular meaning to you. I have used a tree branch from a family’s home, the arm of a chair from a broken rocking chair, or a leftover piece of lumber from a baby’s cradle. I need enough good wood (straight and free of blemishes, knots, or cracks) to mill a piece that is one inch square and 9 inches in length. Hardwood makes for the best results.

The celebration of this Sacrament is sacred time. It can be honored with a personalized Baptism Cross using the traditional symbol of the scallop shell and cross. Contact me at woodyshook@ne.rr.com to discuss further options.

Regular size, natural shell, $25.00

Regular size, carved shell, $35.00

Large size, natural shell, $40.00

Free Standing Wedding Cross  

Sample of a wedding cross. This cross is approximately 7” by 3”. The cross pictured is made of red oak. The interlocked rings are of apple. The base is myrtle.

Options: I can provide any number of types of wood for the cross including Purple Heart, Oak (from a beam of an old New England Church), Wenge and Maple.

To personalize: I have used tree branches from the homes where the bride and groom grew up, or a leftover piece of lumber from the mantle of the couple’s new home. If you want to use your own personalized wood, I need enough good wood (straight and free of blemishes, knots, or cracks) to mill a piece that is one inch square and 9 inches in length.

The two rings can also be a personalized piece of wood (5”x2”x3/4”). To carve these rings is a delicate process. I cannot guarantee that the wood you provide will work. I prefer to carve the rings out of fruitwood (cherry, plum or apple) because the grain is tight and the fibers are interlocking.

Contact me at woodyshook@verizon.net to discuss further options for personalizing this cross for your special occasion.

Free Standing Wedding Cross, $35.00

 

Wall Mounted Wedding Cross

This overall size of the cross is approximately 6” by 3” by 1”. The cross pictured is made of oak with apple wood rings. The backing of the cross is a second cross made of myrtle (or wenge for greater contrast). The backing is a slightly larger cross, designed to silhouette the main cross.

Wall Mounted Wedding Cross, $50.00

Disciple's Cross

The 12 point ‘chip carving’ medallion is at the center of the Disciple’s Cross. This cross can be used at Confirmation of when new members join a congregation by celebrating the diverse gifts and ministries of all 12 of the disciples. The two woods used are from the Celtic tradition. The white wood is holly- the tree of the winter and introspection. The darker wood is white oak- the tree of the summer, strength and productivity. By combining them, the message of the cross is a call to keep in balance the prayerful care for the soul and an active participate in the mission ministry of the Church.

Woods of the cross: Holly and White Oak

Regular size, $35

Large size, $50.00