New Crucifix in time for Christmas
Published: Monday, 30th December 2013
Our local Catholic Church called upon Collars to replace a steel crucifix with a more appropriate wooden cross.
Having undertaken previous commissions for the local Catholic Church in Wallingford, the Priest called upon Collars to replace the rather unsightly modern metal crucifix with a more traditional timber version on to which the figure of Jesus could be re-attached.
Although at first glance a simple task, the style, choice of timber, and finish all needed careful consideration, not to mention the logistics of ‘swapping’ the crosses over when positioned high above an Alter in a place of worship. However after oiling up some timber samples Western Red Cedar was chosen as the preferred option and the new cross was made to a simple design.
With the Church in almost dailyuse the figure could not be absent and therefore the crosses needed to be swapped over on the same day. The Alter was moved, scaffold was erected and very carefully the old crucifix and figure were lowered down on block and tackle. After carefully removing the beautifully carved lime wood figure, he was placed upon the new Cedar cross and re-attached. Using the same method of hanging the cross it was winched up back into position and re-attached. The result was very pleasing and looked far more in keeping with how a crucifix should be. After a week in position, Father, initially worried about the reaction of some of the parishioners, informed us that not one of his congregation had mentioned to him anything about the new cross. So retrospectively a little disappointed no one noticed.