"Father Forgive Them" - A visual telling of the Crucifixion story.

  • Complete church pew hand carved and custom stained glass
  • Detail of carved Jesus on Cross
  • Hand carved City of Jerusalem on church pew
  • Carved text on pew seat, Luke 23:34
  • Hand carved mourners at the cross on church pew
  • Hand carved scene of the empty tomb on church pew
  • Backlit stained glass on church pew
  • Hand carved theif on cross - church pew
  • Detail of theif on cross - hand carved church pew
  • Length: 85-1/2"
  • Height:: 38-1/2"
  • Depth: 22"
  • Weight: TBD
  • Material: Oak (white oak pew, red oak lightbox), handcrafted stained glass
  • Lighting: 2 x T830 fluorescent bulbs in hinged lightbox, small bulbs for tomb and city lights.
  • Completed April 2014.

This pew tells the story of Christ's crucifixion in three scenes. On the left is the town of Jerusalem where His trail took place. A path winds down to Golgotha and shows Christ and the two thieves on the crosses while mourners weep. On the right is the empty tomb which signifies His resurrection.

I found this pew in Reynolds Nebraska at a consignment auction with 2 others. Original price was $20. I had the pew for about 4 years until I started carving the first week of January 2014. I worked through the winter and finished it just in time for Easter in the 3rd week of April 2014. Here is a blog post on my website that shows the progress from start to finish.

I can't count the hours that I have put into the carving, but an estimate would be at about 700 to 800. I used hand chisels for a majority of the carving, and used a Dremel tool to carve some detail in the bushes and hair and the text on the seat. I found that the oak was too hard on the carbide tipped Dremel bits and they wore out quickly!

The text on the seat of the bench reads from Luke 23:34, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do". These are the first words the Christ spoke upon the cross and they are powerful words of forgiveness.

I also built the stained glass panel using a variety of glass that was on hand in my studio. This is the largest piece I had made to date.

The lightbox at the back of the pew contains a double fluorescent light unit that can be easily accessed by undoing the hatches and lowering the lightbox to the floor.

Viewing of the pew is currently by appointment only in Chester NE - call 402-324-5250

Price includes pew, with the barrier available as an option.

Buyer will also get a certificate of authenticity and receipt that can be used for insurance.

Delivery can be arranged within 200 miles of Chester, Nebraska

Click to read the article about the pew Read the Woodcarver Illustrated Article

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