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  • sawman101
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    Very nice work Jay. The Cross on the left is similar to several I have cut using Dirk Boelman's design. The change I made was to cut the Cross from jatoba or black walnut and and attach it as an overlay, either as a Crucifix, or empty. They are well received either way, depending on the beholder's personal experience and relationship with the Lord.

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  • Rolf
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    First, your work is beautiful.!! I have always prefered a backer of a contrasting color, That way you can hang the cross on any color wall and it will still stand out.
    More like the backer that you have that follows the shape of the cross.
    But as most have said it is all a matter of taste.
    Last edited by Rolf; 07-02-2012, 09:33 AM.

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  • RangerJay
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    Originally posted by Powakee View Post
    While I am known to give my opinion freely ~ & it usually does not matter whether it is solicited or unsolicited ~ I think I could best judge the difference if they were hanging on my walls for a . . . . (oh, let's say) about 4 or 5 months ..... send me a PM and I'll send you my address and I'll let you know fully by about Thanksgiving. Sound like a plan? :~}

    John
    LOL ...... darn it ..... those dang International Trade Rules ...... what can I say ......




    Jay

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  • Powakee
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    While I am known to give my opinion freely ~ & it usually does not matter whether it is solicited or unsolicited ~ I think I could best judge the difference if they were hanging on my walls for a . . . . (oh, let's say) about 4 or 5 months. Unfortunately, I have to echo the others and say that they ALL look beautiful but ~ on the fly ~ I'd have to say the ones in the frame look best; then the one on a backing w/o a frame then the ones with no backing and no frame. But, as I say, that's only my initial impression. Overall, send me a PM and I'll send you my address and I'll let you know fully by about Thanksgiving. Sound like a plan? :~}

    John

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  • Spirithorse
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    Beautifuol work! They are all exceptional.
    God Bless! Spirithorse

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  • bubbantenn
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    Beautiful work, no matter how it's presented. Besides, it isn't the presentation that really matters, it's the way it's received. You give from the heart, allowing yourself to be led by the Spirit, and let God do the rest.

    Bubba

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  • markdavd
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    Beautiful work.

    One more idea for a backer is to cut it the exact same as the outline of the cross. You would see it through the frets, but without any excess around the outside.

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  • RangerJay
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    This has been really helpful - and I've got my answer - and that answer would be - one size does not fit all and that everyones preference is individual. With that in mind I think I'll make a glued up version of each choice - and then respond to what goes (presuming any of them go at all!).

    Thanks for not just the advice but also the kind words and enouragement from each of you - it is more than appreciated.


    Jay

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  • cpowell
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    These are beautiful and to me it depends on the setting. The backer seems much more formal while the backerless seems more informal. I prefer the backerless personally but then I'm an informal kind of guy. Backered I can see in a church, chapel, office or even a formal dining room. It depends on the setting the customer/client/recipient wants. Thankfully before you make a decision to glue them down they are interchangeable.

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  • Bill Wilson
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    Very nice crosses.

    Like others, I personally prefer the empty cross, myself. It is a matter of ecclesiastic significance to some, so if these aren't meant solely for your personal use (in other words, being made for sale or gifts), then it's important to be sensitive to and understand the religious beliefs of the recipient.

    As for backer vs no backer, I find myself leaning more toward a backer for these particular crosses, although I can't necessarily give any objective reasons why. To my eye, it helps set them off. YMMV.

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  • Fretnot
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    Wonderful work. I make several crosses but i would not make one with the figure of Christ on. Its a personal thing as i am a Christian and Christ has risen and no longer on the cross.

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  • dottyblues
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    I agree it's a matter of personal peference. Also where the cross might be hung may influence the need for a backer or not. I like all of them but I'm more partial to 1 and 2. I think they stand out more.

    Overall, I think they are all wonderful and your gift will be fully appreciated by the receipent. You've inspired me to do one and I just may make one for my mother on her birthday. Good thing I still have a few months to do it.

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  • PatteM
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    I'd say personal preference, but I believe that Catholic churches display the crucifix (with the Christ figure) and most Protestant churches display only the cross -- so I'd continue to make both versions. Yours are all absolutely gorgeous!!!!!!!!!

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  • wedo
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    I personally prefer the empty cross, it speaks to me better. I also really like the elm cross either alone or framed. All are very good and probably each person has their favorite.
    Bill

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  • wood-n-things
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    I firmly believe it is a matter of personal choice. I like all the views you have presented, the framed piece looks to me like it should be displayed in a formal setting (such as a chapel or rectory) where the others could be in a home. You've done a nice job on all of them.

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