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

Our Crosses

Custom Crosses

All of these designs were created within the context of ministry. I enjoy collaborating and creating new designs. The germ of an idea can evolve into a beautiful cross.

I welcome the opportunity to talk with you about designing specific crosses for special occasions or to be used by particular groups, organizations or congregations.

Custom crosses normally cost $35 for the standard size provided that the design time is not too extensive.

Letter G

This letter ‘G’ is designed in the style of the Book of Kells. It was given by a grandmother to celebrate the birth of her grandson whose name begins with G. It is a wall hanging approximately 5”x8” made of white birch.

Heart Cross Frame

There are many ways to symbolize the union of two people in marriage. Many light one candle from two or pour two colored sands into one glass. The ‘heart cross’ is placed into the ‘cross frame’ by a couple to represent the many different ways in which the love of God is experienced in the couple’s life. The ‘heart cross’ is held into the ‘frame cross’ with three pegs. The piece is 12 inches tall with the inside width of the ‘heart cross’ being 2 inches.

Confirmation Cross

This Cross was designed to honor a person’s Confirmation. The Cross included three gifts: the note of a beautiful voice, the masks of the theater and the ballet slippers of dance. The piece is about 12 inches using cherry, birch, ebony, maple and walnut.

Flared Cross

This Triquetra and Heart Celtic Knot is set into a Flared Cross. It was given as a Wedding Anniversary Gift.

Ordination Celebration

I was commissioned to make this cross to celebrate the ordination of a Methodist clergyperson. The flames are made of satine. The cross is made of myrtle.

Marriage Celebration

This Love Spoon celebrates the second marriage of a couple. They wanted to include something that would include their one child, having the primary image that would honor the family. Thus the two individual leaves merge into the wedding bands of the couple. The pinwheel of hearts gives expression to the dynamic relationships within this family of three.

Deacon's Cross

This is a Deacon’s Cross. Deacon’s stole appears to be draped across the front of the Cross. The stole, sash and cross are all joined together to stabilize and strengthen the piece. This cross can be made in several different sizes. Please contact me directly if you are interested in this design (woodsyshook@gmail.com).

Crosses of Liturgical Colors

I was asked to make crosses for the ushers of a congregation that corresponded to the liturgical colors. The crosses are 4+ inches by 3/8 inches. Each cross has a silky adjustable cord with the correct liturgical color. Sold in sets of 4: 1 cross per color. Advent and Lent: purple heart wood (purple) Easter and Christmas: Holly wood (white) Pentecost/ordination: Staine wood (red) Season of Pentecost: heartwood of Poplar (green)

$40.00 per set

This spoon was designed for a woman’s 6 children to be given to her on Mother’s Day. Their names were written on the back of the 6 pointed knot at the center of the spoon.

Embedded within the mahogany ‘Budded’ Cross, is a line of music composed by a music director/husband/father. The musical piece was offered in worship on Mother’s Day in honor of his wife and their children’s mother. His choir commissioned me to design and make this cross to celebrate his music ministry.

This knot was designed for as a wedding gift of a couple whose initials are A and K. The two letters were the logo for their wedding. The knot-work added an extra dimension. It is carved from white birch and carved on one side so that it could be framed or mounted on a wall.

I was asked to design two special cross for a minister to give to his mentor who was returning to Ghana. The nyameohene image (on left) is made of curly maple with black walnut. The sankofa image (on right) is made of Western Alder.

I was asked to design a Welsh Love Spoon for a couple who was celebrating their 3rd Wedding Anniversary. They wanted me to the number three as a major image along with the Circle of Hands Medallion and interlocked wedding bands. I chose to use three hearts fashioned interconnected through a sort of spiral. Three hearts, two lines (evolving into the two wedding bands) and one relationship.

Using an ancient Pictic knot (that I call the Eternal Love Knot), I set the White Birch knot into a medallion made of Western Alder. This is then inset into a ‘stand alone’ cross of White Oak.

I was asked to design a wall carving using Celtic Knots and the Book of Kells style of lettering using the letters A and S. The carving is made of White Birch.

This spiral honors and celebrates the hope of  God/Allah/Yehaweh as expressed through the Christian, Jewish and Islamic faith traditions. The ‘three coil’ spiral is an image that expresses the vision of faith that each of the three scriptures articulate. Each coil is distinctive even as it is ‘held’ by the other two. The three woods are distinct species (humilis, mahagoni, macrophyllia) from the Sweitenia family of wood.

This is a replica of the Cross that hangs in the Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Michigan – the church in which I was Confirmed and where I was ordained in 1980. It is made of very old and historic Cherry and Holly.

This is a Medicine Wheel of the Lakota people living in South Dakota. It was created to be a gift presented by a man who was going to participate in a Sun Dance. It was important to have the colors/woods in the right quadrant of the Wheel. The woods are Holly (white), Ebony (black), Satine (red) and Pau amarello (yellow). The wheel is made of Yellow Birch.

I was asked to make an Armenian Cross to celebrate the baptism of a child. The 8 points of the Cross is representative of the Beatitudes. The clusters of three ‘loops’ at each point is a witness to the Holy Trinity. The knot motif of the carving honors the woven relationships that surround the child. The Cross is made of Yellow Birch. The smaller internal cross is made of Boxwood. The shell is the traditional Christian symbol for Baptism.

 

This is a wooden copy of the silver cross worn by the General Secretary of the National Council of Churches. The cross is made of submerged cherry. The ring is made of myrtle. The three waves are made of olive wood using both the sap and heart wood.

The “Cross of the Path” honors and affirms the various ‘paths’ that each of us take on the journey of faith. They all arrive at the center of the Cross – at the heart of life where we encounter the living God. This was inspired by Jesus’ words: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” The cross is made of cherry. The paths are made of  European Beech. The nimbus is made of yellow Birch.

This Cross is a replica of the Cross in the Chapel of the New Brunswick Theological Seminary. This small cross is given to each of their graduates. It is made of Maple and African Mohogany.

This is a rendition of the image associated with the Unitarian Universalist Church was created for the Andover Newton Theological School bookstore. The two rings are made of Maple and Satine. The chalice is made of Purpleheart. The flame is Pau amarello.

Saint Paul United Church of Christ in Pinckneyville, Illinois commissioned me to design this plaque for the door of their chapel. The focus of this chapel is the Seven Gifts of the Spirit. Inside the chapel are walnut plates with holly carved doves carved with a brass plaques naming each of the seven gifts.

This 18 inch Welsh Love Spoon is made of a of pear wood. It was a gift in celebration of a couple’s wedding. Blessed By Joy is the name of the spoon. The double bowl branches weave themselves into the body of the spoon. The circle of hearts knot surrounds the couple with love and support. The infinity knot at the top honors the eternal nature of God’s love.

This cross has two hands releasing a butterfly. This cross celebrates the release of a person, transformed by the power of faith into the world to proclaim Good News and to discover what it means to serve as Christ has served us.

This chip-carved piece was commissioned to honor the 40th birthday of a son. The four ‘Seasons of Life’ circles uses either the number 10 or 40 to celebrate his 4 decades of life. The seasons are surrounded by a 40 link carved chain.

This is a Teaching Stick designed for a church educator. Each of the 8 crosses that are set into birch blocks high light various aspects of Christian theology. The geometric chip-carved disks use numerology to reference various Biblical stories. Between the woods chosen, the crosses and the disks, there are innumerable lessons of faith.

The Celtic Knot is made of White Birch. It was designed to incorporate three traditional symbols of faith: The Heart of God’s Love, the Butterfly of transformation, and the Fish (icqux) that became identified as both a symbol of the Church and a Statement of Faith.

Last Christmas, I received a request to make this cross for a school in Texas. As gently as possible I said that I felt uncomfortable putting a Star of David on the cross. I was told that the founder of the school was a Jewish woman who had survived the concentration camps and later had converted to Christianity. The request then made very good sense! The descending dove is made of olive. The Star of David is made of myrtle from Israel. The cross is made of mesquite. The school insisted that the barbed wire be harsh and foreboding. I felt that it was only appropriate for the barbed wire be kept below the beam of the cross. 
What to give a colleague who has dedicated his life to pastoral counseling? What to give a person who understands the intricacies of interpersonal relationships and who has always had a vision of wholeness at the center of faith? What to give a person of faith who doesn’t look for the beginning or the end but is appreciative of the process and is attentive to the details of relationships? Give him a Celtic Knot that has no beginning or end- no up or down – no front or back!

This gift was a gift to a person moving through the ‘dark days’ of cancer treatment. It is the blending of three traditions: the nourishing motif of the Welsh Love Spoon, the interconnectedness of life within the Celtic Knot motif, and the theology of the Tlingit people in the carving of the moon and raven. It simply says, “in times of darkness there is a small light that comes as a gift.” (see Cross of Light)

This Cross was made as a gift for the St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol, Connecticut. It uses the traditional symbols associated with St. Paul (the sword and the open Bible). I added two extra symbols that speak to the ‘spirit of community’ – the value of relationships formed at school symbolized by the circle of hands in the upper left corner and the pinwheel that symbolizes the power of a community moved by the Holy Spirit. I used eight different woods on this cross.

This is a replica of the cross that is on the top of the dome of the Marquand Chapel at Yale Divinity School. The two woods used are cherry and pau amarello, This cross is available at the Yale Divinity Student Book Supply.

Stethoscope Cross

The request was to design a cross with a stethoscope being ‘worn’ on the cross much like a doctor would wear the stethoscope. This was designed to celebrate how a person would listen to both the heart and the soul.

A choir commissioned this Star of David and Pink Ribbon as a gift to be given their beloved director as she began a new round of breast cancer therapy. The Star of David is made from a myrtle burl from north of Jerusalem. The ribbon is an exceptional piece of  wood called Pink Ivory.

The Knights of Columbus have a very intricate emblem. I designed this cross for a Chapter who was celebrating their 100th anniversary. The woods include Pau Amerello (yellow), Satine (red), Holly (white) and the dark background is Wenge (unfortunately there is no wood that is the color blue). The cross is white oak with the plaque being made of Ash. The Cross is 12 inches.

  

The request was to make a Kitchen Cross that is 12 inches with some extra personality. Using the Celtic knots of the Welsh Love Spoons, I used the “Infinity Knot” at the top of the spoon to symbolize the universal need to be fed in tangible and substantive ways by the Love of God. It is a reminder to Christians that we are to follow Christ’s command when he said, “Feed my sheep.” – no matter who they are or where they may be. The Truth carried within the “Infinity Knot” speaks to people of faith.

Cross of the First Presbyterian Church of Holt, Michigan

The design of this cross is based on the windows that adorn the front of the church building. The clear glass and the unique ‘pyramid’ combine to draw the attention of the people away from themselves and ‘out’ into the world for that is where ministry happens. This cross is given to newly elected/ordained elders and deacons.

  

Cross of the Camino de Saniago

For pilgrims traveling the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain, the scallop shell points the way. I was asked to design a cross for a family who was making this pilgrimage. The yellow scallop shell (pau amerello) is fitted into an olive wood medallion. This is then set into a cross made of Satine.

Star of David

The question: Do I do things other than crosses? Answer: Yes! I chose 2 woods from the Jewish scriptures. The Star of David is made of olive wood. One triangle is made of the sapwood (plain) while the second triangle is made from the heartwood of the olive tree (marbled grain). The 12 pegs are turned from Cedar of Lebanon; the wood used by King Solomon to build the Temple in Jerusalem. The challenge was the complex joinery is this relatively simple symbol of faith.

Example

He always sang 'you are my sunshine' for his wife. After he died, their daughter asked me to make a cross for her mother celebrating his life and their marriage. Apple wood is thought to have the essence of love and healing within it. The sun is made of a yellow wood called Pau amerillo.

Shelter Cross

This is a modified Shelter Cross that I designed for an Adult Mission Trip from New Hampshire who went to Louisiana to work in the restoration efforts after Hurricane Katrina. I used Bald Cypress (State Tree of Louisiana), White Birch (State Tree of New Hampshire) and olive (the roof).

Shelter cross.  Click to enlarge.

This is a replica of the Northern Illinois Synod Bishop’s Cross that was originally part of  the Augustana Lutheran Church (Swedish). The woods in this cross are Ceylon Satinwood, Lignum Vitae and Purpleheart.

Shelter cross.  Click to enlarge.

This is a collection of 12 and 18 inch crosses commissioned by the Greenwich Presbyterian Church. These were used in the Dedication Service of a new addition to their church building. Each cross was selected for a particular room.

This cross is hung in the music room of the Greenwich church. It uses purpleheart and a spectacular piece of curly maple. The music and words were cut from the same piece of curly maple.

The challenge: To find a way to include a Star of David and a Cross in a wedding present that celebrates an interfaith marriage. Answer: A Welsh Love Spoon that affirms how a couple (symbolize by the two interlocking wedding rings) is fed by both faith traditions. The wood used for this spoon is a ‘flame cut’ birch.