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.