Crosses
My brother, Tom, is a very dedicated woodworker. He makes crosses. He makes them large and small in a variety of styles, in a variety of woods. The constants in his work are the beauty of the crosses and the fact that he gives them away. "Making a ministry of handmade crosses" Article in Richmond TimesDispatch Some examples...


Crosses made of curly maple on a zebrawood base.


Padauk cross with a purpleheart insert on a birdseye maple base. 

the cross on the altar... 

Crucifixes...crosses of canarywood...bloodwood inlays. 

An angel...birdseye maple.


Another angel with a copper halo... 

Cross of birdseye maple...cocobolo inlay...base is black walnut...LED lighting. 

Bloodwood and American holly...background is the James river. 

Bloodwood and curly maple. 

Bloodwood with purpleheart inlay. 

Double crosses...purpleheart and curly maple.


Large cross of black walnut and birdseye maple. 

Cross at the altar... 

Two bases with two crosses of Patagonian rosewood and cebil. 

Layered purpleheart and curly maple. 

Birdseye maple and black walnut... 

On the left, padauk, on the right purpleheart, Bolivian rosewood and curly maple. 

Bloodwood and birdseye maple... 

Closeup of cross above... 

Purpleheart and maple...on a base with prayer card... 

Thin cross with depth...Patagonian rosewood (cebil) 

Frontal view of the cross shown above... 

Two crosses of purpleheart on a base of Patagonia rosewood. 

Small crosses of black walnut... 

Purpleheart with birds eye maple... 

Tulipwood 

Curly maple and black walnut... 

Lignum vitae with birdseye maple inlay... 

Lignum vitae with birdseye maple inlay...full view 

Bolivian rosewood and curly maple... 

Cross inlaid on a chalice...base and inlay are curly maple, the chalice is padauk. 

A second chalice... 

Chalice with crosses... 

A large cross of...hanging in a sanctuary.
This cross has inlaid LED lights. 

Cross lit...picture to come... 

Cross of purpleheart with ambrosia maple... 

Black walnut cross with inlaid holly. 

Closeup of padauk base on cross shown above. 

Pure white American holly with 1/4 inch inlay of burled walnut. 

Two more crosses of walnut and holly. 

Dual cross presentation...larger cross is Virginia holly and bloodwood, the smaller version is holly and padauk, the base is burled black walnut. 

The larger cross is mounted to the base and the smaller cross is suspended by magnets... 

Ensemble of crosses of purpleheart and holly...connected magnetically to base of black walnut burl.


Crucifix made of padauk with heartwood and sapwood, dark and light contrast. Magnet holds crucifix to the base which is a polished and lacquered steel plate. 

Miniature crosses...suspended by magnet...crosses of bloodwood and holly, holly and walnut.
Height of the larger cross is ~5 inches, the smaller is ~3 inches.... the embedded magnet is 1/16 inch. 

Small cross of purpleheart and holly...to go on a necklace. 

Small crosses (6 inches) with one suspended on a base of black walnut...the front view reveals a larger cross of padauk and the smaller cross of burled walnut.


The cross ensemble above, when shown from the reverse view, the larger cross has layers of curly maple and bloodwood, the smaller has a reverse of holly. 

Small crosses of black walnut and holly...base has a layer of quartersawn white oak. 

The two crosses with added perspective as to size... 

Smaller cross is padauk and holly, the larger is walnut, padauk and holly. 

Cross of holly and bloodwood... 

A small cross of holly and spalted sycamore.


Two small crosses...the primary cross is tulipwood, the secondary cross is Virginia holly. the base is bloodwood and holly. 

Smaller crosses are curly maple and purpleheart. The larger cross is bocote and Virginia holly.


Cross of black walnut and Virginia holly. 

Crucifix on a cross of curly maple and black walnut. 

Crosses of curly maple and purpleheart. 

Cross and base of Virginia holly and bloodwood. 

Layered cross of padauk and holly. 

Layered cross of caramel colored birdseye maple and padauk. 

Pocket cross of bloodwood and holly. 

Large multilayered cross of purpleheart, padauk and birdseye maple. 

Two crosses of burley black walnut and pear. 

Cross of black walnut and curly maple. 

Cross of curly maple with black walnut inlay and end caps. 

Crosses of black walnut burl and curly maple burl. 

Cross of curly maple and redheart. Cross of katalox, a hardwood from southern Mexico. 

Closer view of cross of curly maple and redheart. 

Redheart and curly maple...on base with neodymmium magnets. 

Base and cross of black walnut with inlays of pear. 

Easter cross of curly maple with black walnut trim...attachment via magnets. 

Small cross of holly, with a smaller croos of redheart and holly. The base is pear with a holly and redheart inlay. 

Cross of pear and black walnut on a pear base. 

Extremely small cross...cross is cocobolo with holly strip...base is holly with cocobolo. 

Cross above with magnet shown...coin provides a reference as to size. 

A carved, bespoke pendant of cocobolo and maple. 

Cross of black walnut and birdseye maple with magnet connectivity. 

Cross of redheart and birdseye maple. 

Cross of spalted tamarind. Base of black walnut and pear. 

Small necklace cross of holly and purple heart. 

Small standing cross of purple heart and birdseye maple. 

Cross of holly with inlays and end caps of black walnut burl. 

Cross of holly with redheart inlay. 

Cross of reclaimed wormy chestnut and black walnut. 

Crosses of black walntut, curly maple and holly. 

Tiny pocket cross of bloodwood and holly. 

Small pocket cross of purpleheart and holly. 

Pocket cross of purpheheart and holly. 

Cross of padauk and curly maple...front. 

Cross of padauk and curly maple...back. 

Cross an crucifix of curly pear and black walnut. 

A cross of redheart anc curly maple...a cross of katalox. 

Two crosses of black walnut and curly maple, two crosses of black walnut with inlays of holly. 

Cross of black walnut and pear on a black walnut base. 

Cross of curly maple and black walnut. 

Cross of burled black walnut and curly maple. 

Crucifix of padauk on a steel base. 

A cross and base of redheart and holly...a cross of black walnut and holly. 

A cross of balck walnut and maple. 

A cross of redheart and curly maple. 

Slender cross of black walnut and curly maple. 

Larger cross is padauk and curly maple, the smaller is of burled black walnut and holly. 

Crosses of padauk, walnut and holly. 

Crosses of walnut, holly and pear. 

Larger cross of black walnut, padauk and holly; smaller cross is padauk and holly; base is padauk and curly maple. 

Crosses of padauk, holly and black walnut. 

Cross of burled black walnut, holly and birdseye maple. 

Closer view of the highly figured base with a raised stop for prayer cards. Cross stands via magnets. 

Cross of black walnut and curly maple... 

...with a a base of ambrosia maple and black walnut. 

Double Crosses of redheart and holly...base of burled black walnut. 

Crosses of cocobolo and holly on cocobolo and a birdseye maple base. 

Larger cross of redheart and curly maple, the smaller cross is burled black walnut. 

Crucifix on a cross of black walnut with a birdseye maple inset...bases of black walnut, birdseye maple and Brazilian cherry. 

Cross of redheart and curly maple. 

Cross on left is cocobolo, center is redheart and curley maple with a cocobolo base, the right is redheart and curly maple. 

Three crosses of redheart and curly maple, horizontal cross is of cocobolo. 

Large cross of black walnut and pear with birdseye maple base...the smaller cross is holly on a birdseye maple base, the smallest cross is holly and redheart. 

Tall cross is canary on a birdseye maple and purpleheart base, the smaller cross is Brazilian cherry. 

Closeup of the above crosses. 

Small cross of redheart and holly. 

Cross of burled black walnut and holly. 

Spalted tamarind cross with a base of black walnut and birdseye maple. 

Cross of purpleheart and curly maple on a curly maple base. 

Another view of the cross of purpleheart and curly maple on a curly maple base. 

Cross and base of birdseye maple with inlay of cocobolo. 

Two crosses of birdseye maple with inlays of cocobolo. 

Cross of redheart with inlays of cocobolo and holly. 

Another view of cross of redheart with inlays of cocobolo and holly on a base of birdseye maple. 

Left cross is purpleheart and holly, second cross is birdseye maple, tiny cross is birdseye maple with cocobolo inlay, small center cross is birdseye maple, center cross is redheart with inlays of cocobolo and holly on a base of birdseye maple, cross on right is birdesey maple with an inlay of black and white ebony on a base of black walnut. 

Cross is redheart with inlays of black and white ebony. 

Lighted base, Cross of birdseye maple with black and white ebony, small cross is same, the base is birdseye maple with black walnut...the base houses a multidirectional LED light that is providing the ambiance. 

Small necklace cross of birdsye maple with an inlay of black and white ebony. 

Installation of a large exterior cross of white cypress with an inlay of padauk. 

Installed large exterior cross of white cypress with an inlay of padauk. 

Cross of black ebony with a holly inlay. Base is holly with purpleheart. 

Cross of olive wood with a crown of light. 

Reverse of cross, showing electricals. 

Cross of black walnut with an inlay and end caps of holly. Base is birdseye maple and burled black walnut. 

Larger cross is holly with olive wood, the smaller is olive with holly. 

Tiny cross of olive wood with a purpleheart inlay. 

Small necklace cross of black walnut and curly maple. 

Cross of black walnut and olive with caps of holly. 

Small cross of black walnut and holly. Cros of red heart, black walnut and holly. 

Cross of redheart and birdseye maple. 

Detail of a cross of redheart and birdseye maple. 

Large cross is redheart and birdseye maple. On the standing crosses...the base is redheart and birdseye, the cross is olive and the small suspended cross is black and white ivory. 

Cross of olive wood with sandwiched katalox. 

Cross of olive wood and katalox. 

Cross of purpleheart and soft maple. 

Altar cross for a wedding...bird'seye maple, hard white maple, curly maple.


Above cross at weddding ceremony... 

Cross and base of olive and maple. 

Three black walnut crosses, one with a redheart inlay on a maple base. 

Young man checking out the magnetic connectivity of the above cross. 

Three foot tall cross of black walnut with a pear inlay. 

Cross made for our Mother at her death. Cross is of figured black walnut and birdseye maple. 

Four small crosses made in the Sun Shop with George...two of birdseye maple and two of cocobolo. 

Cross on base is purpleheart and birdseye maple. The very small cross is purpleheart with an olive inlay. The thin cross is tulipwood with a maple base. 

Thin cross frontally, but deep and tall...cross is black and white ebony, the base is birdseye and curly maple. Magnetic base connectivity. 

A large cross (13.5 feet tall) of black walnut. 

Crosses of curly walnut with birdseye maple inlays and bases. 

Cross of birdseye maple with curly walnut inlay and base. 

Cross of curly walnut and pear. 

Sand beach is birdseye maple, night sky is purpleheart, the moon and sailboat stick via magnets. Moon is pear. Sailboat is curly maple.


Crosses of purpleheart...inlays of olive and birdseye maple. Base is teakwood. 

Small cross of purpleheart. 

Cross of curly walnut with inlays of olive. 

A base and three crosses of curly walnut with the center cross having caps of olive. 

A walnut base with three magnetically attached crosses of curly maple, with the center cross having a front of curly walnut. 

Cross of curly maple with an inlay of purpleheart...base is pear and walnut. 

Small cross of purpleheart with a birdseye maple inlay. 

Small cross of walnut (a very pale piece) with a bloodwood inlay. 

A small cross of olive with a purpleheart inlay mounted on a redheart base, a small cross of bloodwood with a birdseye maple inlay, a bookmark of birdseye maple. 

A cross of katalox. 

A double cross...the larger cross is curly walnut. The small cross is bloodwood. The upper half of the base is curly walnut and the bottom half is pear. 

Three crosses of curly black walnut. The left cross has a curly maple inlay and a base of curly black walnut with a bottom layer of pear. The right cross inlay is olive and the base is curly black walnut with olive. The small necklace cross is only curly black walnut.


Cross of olive with a curly walnut base. 

Tiny lapel cross of purpleheart with a holly inlay. 

Tiny standing cross of purpleheart with an olive inlay. The base is curly maple. 

A cache of crosses... pocket crosses, flat crosses, standing crosses with magnet connections to bases...a variety of woods: Patagonia rosewood, katalox, black ebony, white ebony, curly maple, birdseye maple, purpleheart, olive, pear and bloodwood. 

Cross of black walnut with curly maple inlay on a a base with a slot for a prayer card. 

Cross for wall hanging...curly maple with redheart inlay. 

Cross of Patagonia rosewood with curly maple inlay. The base is birdseye maple with a purpleheart insert to act as a stop for a prayer card. 

Cross of pear with a smaller cross of redheart. The base is curly maple. 
