In 2011, I took part in the creation of a wooden reliquary for Blessed John Henry Newman who had recently been beatified. The oak construction was enhanced by decorations in carved walnut and marquetry panels in yew, spotted maple and an exotic redwood.
More recently, with a friend, I created an altar for a chapel : the structure is in walnut with panels in maple and ash, the top is in solid walnut inlaid with boxwood crosses; a carved frieze of vine branches features on a cornice, and the emblem of Carmel on the central panel in a marquetry of walnut, cherry and boxwood.
In 2014, a commission for a processional cross was a wonderful opportunity to combine several techniques: cabinet-making, sculpture, painting and gilding.
The creation of liturgical furniture is a privilege and an honour. The technical know-how is put in the service of celebration and prayer so that matter too, in its own way, takes part in the praise of the Creator.