How we make crosses.
Just to be clear, I didn’t make this. My amazing dad did. I just told him how big I think they ought to be and helped make some of the aesthetic decisions.
Making these crosses is somewhat easy. It’s just a matter of getting it right.
I suppose that’s true of everything, though, isn’t it?
So anyway, materials. We used thin pieces of mesquite (my dad cut this wood in the ‘80s), oil, and glue.
First, he cut the strips to the length that we wanted. Then, he cut out an indention on the long piece that was the width of the crossing piece. This way, they fit together like a puzzle.
Next, he treated them with an oil, like tung oil. This protects the wood and makes it look pretty.
Actually, on a couple of pieces, he took a torch to the ends of the cross to give it a beautiful rugged look. Then he treated them.
Once the pieces were treated and designed the way we liked them, he glued them together. I say glued, but it wasn’t that easy. The oil kind of made it harder to hold, but we made it work. Screwing the pieces together would work fine, though it might not look as nice.
The last part is just “decorating” it. We left one of them plain, just because it looked so pretty and rugged. Another one we added fifty-something year-old barbed wire to.
I call it the “crown of thorns” cross. I got the idea when I was sitting at church one day, and on the priest’s robe was a cross that had a circle running around it in the middle with print down the length of it. It hit me, right there in the middle of Mass, that I had to make that cross!
So anyway, that is how we made our crosses. Get out there and try it yourself! See what designs you could come up with!