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Three-dimensional Sacred Icon of Jesus on the Cross

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Finished Icon – back, quarter sawn oak; crucifix, Brazilian cherry; corpus; quarter sawn oak; hair and beard, walnut; halo, cherry; loincloth, poplar; Mary: outer garment, walnut; inner garment, cherry; hand and shoes, light cherry; St. John: cherry, hair, walnut; headplate and footplate cherry

Francis Koerber, Sculptor and Artisan

Initial Phase – Cutting and Engraving

Second Phase – Carving and Minor Assembly

Final Phase – Applying Wood Details, Staining and Finishing

Initial Phase – Cutting and Engraving

initial carving upper torso
initial carving upper torso

 

initial carving of loin cloth
initial carving of loin cloth

 

initial cut and engraving of Jesus torso
initial cut and engraving of Jesus torso

 

rough cutout Jesus, plates
rough cutout Jesus, plates

 

rough cut Jesus leg detail
rough cut Jesus leg detail

 

template of St. John on wood
template of St. John on wood

 

template removal, St. John
template removal, St. John

 

template removal, Mary
template removal, Mary

 

carving St. John
carving St. John

 

carving the BVM
carving the BVM

 

carving of chin wrap for Mary
carving of chin wrap for Mary

 

initial carving of St. John
initial carving of St. John

 

rough layout detail
rough layout detail

 


Second Phase – Carving and Minor Assembly

leg separation glue up
leg separation glue up

 

carving of nameplate
carving of nameplate

 

initial carving of Jesus face
initial carving of Jesus face

 

rough hewn upper torso
rough hewn upper torso

 

completed rough carving of John
completed rough carving of John

 

initial assembly of Mary
initial assembly of Mary

 

Mary, hand glue up
Mary, hand glue up

 

initial carving - leg detail
initial carving – leg detail

 

initial carving - leg detail
initial carving – leg detail

 

initial carving - Mary
initial carving – Mary

 

initial layout of parts - Mary
initial layout of parts – Mary

 

initial layout of parts, leg detail
initial layout of parts, leg detail

 

initial layout of parts, nameplate
initial layout of parts, nameplate

 

Initial layout of parts
Initial layout of parts

 

assembly of crucifix to back
assembly of crucifix to back

 

Applying crimson oil bloodstaining
Applying crimson oil bloodstaining

 


Final Phase – Applying Wood Details, Staining and Finishing

Finished Icon
Finished Icon – back, quarter sawn oak; crucifix, Brazilian cherry; corpus; quarter sawn oak; hair and beard, walnut; halo, cherry; loincloth, poplar; Mary: outer garment, walnut; inner garment, cherry; hand and shoes, light cherry; St. John: cherry, hair, walnut; headplate and footplate cherry

 

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Finished Icon, bottom view

 

Finished Icon - headplate
Finished Icon – headplate

 

Finished Icon - Jesus face, side view
Finished Icon – Jesus face, side view

 

Finished Icon - Jesus face, close up
Finished Icon – Jesus face, close up (oak and walnut)

 

Finished Icon - Jesus legs
Finished Icon – Jesus legs

 

Finished Icon - Jesus Torso
Finished Icon – Jesus Torso

 

Finished Icon - face of St. John, close up
Finished Icon – face of St. John, close up

 

Finished Icon - St. John
Finished Icon – St. John: cherry, hair – walnut

 

Finished Icon - Loin Cloth
Finished Icon – Loin Cloth (poplar)

 

Finished Icon - Mary
Finished Icon – Mary: outer garment, walnut; inner garment, cherry; hand, light cherry, shoes, light cherry

 

Finished Icon - Mary motioning to Jesus
Finished Icon – Mary motioning to Jesus

 

Finished Icon - top side view
Finished Icon – top side view

 

Finished Icon - right side view
Finished Icon – right side view