Update: Crucifix at Our Lady Star of the Sea
06 August 2023
I have finished this little project and share with you here the beautiful restored and varnished crucifix, ready for reinstalling and able to last another half-century, please God. Here are some photographs of the corpus being sanded ahead of the coats of varnish to protect it.
The Final Result
It was certainly a bigger job than I had anticipated! The thick paint combined with grime that had built up over the years meant that it was six or seven applications of solvent followed by cleaning, drying overnight, then repeating the same process. Sanding with fine sand paper was essential to remove any blemishes and to ensure the woodgrain would come through when varnished. Whoever carved this corpus of the Lord was evidently a very skilled craftsperson: it is very beautiful. It has been a lengthy but rewarding project and I am delighted that another beautiful aspect of Our Lady Star of the Sea can be restored. I am not sure I could get away with restoring the pulpit - not least because it would usurp Francis Roscoe’s piano! I hope you might appreciate seeing the Crucifix back in Church: I’ll place in near the Sacred Heart chapel this coming week and then restore.