Advent Wreath

One of the joys in life is when unexpected options present themselves.   Some would call this "good luck," but I am not sure that such a thing as good luck actually exists.  If so, I would say that good luck is really the intersection of preparation and opportunity.  Such has been the case for me during the past several years in the area of church furniture.  I find this to be highly rewarding, in that the designs for such work are based upon very personal, yet communal and theological roots.

A forthcoming project involves an Advent Wreath for a Wisconsin church.  The design is rather simple, yet very fluid, with a great amount of visual movement.  The project is set to commence during the summer, and to be completed in time for the Advent Season.

UPDATE -

I am happy to say that I finished and delivered the Advent Candelabrum in time for the Advent Season. The pastors were very happy, as was the congregation! :)

Below are some process photos.

This is the plywood block form, used for shaping the resawn 1/8” pieces into legs.

This is the plywood block form, used for shaping the resawn 1/8” pieces into legs.

All the red oak to be used for the candelabrum, cut to length and width.

All the red oak to be used for the candelabrum, cut to length and width.

This is a stack of 1/8” thick reaawn oak, which was used for the legs (bent lamination technique).

This is a stack of 1/8” thick reaawn oak, which was used for the legs (bent lamination technique).

Here is a series of the 1/8” pieces, glued in the bending form.

Here is a series of the 1/8” pieces, glued in the bending form.

This is the top “ring,” employed for the candle sockets and candles (built from 8/4 red oak stock.

This is the top “ring,” employed for the candle sockets and candles (built from 8/4 red oak stock.

The candelabrum in “dry fit” form, prior to final sanding and milling for the candle sockets.

The candelabrum in “dry fit” form, prior to final sanding and milling for the candle sockets.

The socket locations are marked with cedar glue blocks and a small nail to mark the center for accuracy.

The socket locations are marked with cedar glue blocks and a small nail to mark the center for accuracy.

Following staining and multiple finish coats, and prior to the brushed brass socket installation.

Following staining and multiple finish coats, and prior to the brushed brass socket installation.

Delivered!

Delivered!