The Southern Cross

Carving a new presence

Brian Wilsher has spent more than 200 hours carving a wooden cross for the Hallett Cove Catholic Community.

The 1.3m-tall crucifix sits high behind the altar of St Martin de Porres Church, which also houses another eight of Brian’s carvings.

The 70-year-old hobby woodcarver has been a member of the parish community for the past 20 years, accompanying his partner Tina to Mass almost every Sunday.He couldn’t resist saying yes to his latest parish addition, which was hung in June to celebrate the Church’s 25th anniversary.

“I just love carving,” he says.

Brian retired as a project manager for BAE Systems several years ago and has never stopped carving since. He also enjoys wood turning, crafting bowls and other vessels.

“I needed something to replace the full-on job, so I took up a few hobbies and I found I liked carving most,” he says. “It’s creative and you get right into it. You don’t even realise the time is passing.”

Brian began carving the crucifix in December last year and completed it in June. He has also carved for the parish: three wise men for the nativity scene, a statuette of St Martin de Porres, and the Madonna and child.

 

LABOR OF LOVE: Brian Wilsher in his Sheidow Park workshed spent 200 hours carving out a crucifix for St Martin de Porres Church.

LABOR OF LOVE: Brian Wilsher in his Sheidow Park workshed spent 200 hours carving out a crucifix for St Martin de Porres Church.

3 comments on “Carving a new presence

  1. Patricia williams rsj
    September 9, 2013

    Dear Brian,
    what a gift and a great hobby and beautiful results? Your parish must be pleased with your work.
    blessings
    Patricia Williams, rsj. (Melbourne)

  2. Mark
    September 10, 2013

    Could we please see a picture of the Cross??

    • Brian Wilsher
      September 17, 2013

      If you send me your e mail address I will forward you a photo
      Send to
      brian.wilsher@bigpond.com

      Regards

      Brian Wilsher

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