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Krash 09-16-2014 09:26 PM

Ark of the Covenant
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Good evening all.

I bought some shittim wood grown in the Sinai desert 8 months ago. Shittim means acacia in Hebrew and is the wood that the Ark of the Covenant was made from.

My plan was to somehow portray the Ark of the Covenant in a pen. My church is holding an auction to support some missionaries so I thought this would be a good time to start planning so I could donate it.

Here's the description of the Ark of the Covenant in the Bible. I cut out some and tried to just show the parts that may influence my pen.

Exodus 25

10 "They shall make an ark of acacia wood.
11 You shall overlay it with pure gold, inside and outside shall you overlay it, and you shall make on it a molding of gold around it.
12 You shall cast four rings of gold for it and put them on its four feet, two rings on the one side of it, and two rings on the other side of it.
17 "You shall make a mercy seat of pure gold.
18 And you shall make two cherubim of gold; of hammered work shall you make them, on the two ends of the mercy seat.
19 Make one cherub on the one end, and one cherub on the other end.
20 The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings,

I started with the pen kit. I wanted something understated and refined but without much ornamentation. I needed gold at either end and a band in the middle. I settled on a gold Atrax rollerball.

I figured I would segment 4 slices of brass, 2 at each end, to represent the 4 gold rings. My challenge was to find a way to represent the 2 cherubim at either end with their wings spread out over the mercy seat. I picture the Atrax gold bands at each end would do well to represent the cherubs. Since I wasn't going to make them all gold, I wanted a light colored wood for the wings. But also, I wanted the grain to look like feathers on a wing. Having done some segmenting, I knew that straight lines going at an angle to the cylinder produced round lines over the top of the barrel. I thought maybe zebra wood and even looked at some swirly maple burl, but settled on a blank I got from George, Holly Oak..

My first segment is attached.

As you can see, the grain in this Holly Oak is very strong and should produce some nice feathery looking effects.

Next, I'll splice in the brass. I'll keep you posted on my progress.

Tom T 09-16-2014 09:29 PM

Looking forward to seeing it.

Woodkiller 09-17-2014 01:39 AM

That will be amazing! Can't wait to see more.

alphageek 09-17-2014 05:31 PM

I've moved your thread to the blank making forum. I look forward to watching your process, but its not really a SOYP (show off your pen) type post yet.

When you do finish the pen, feel free to create a 2nd post there.. But in the meantime this spot makes more sense for a build in progress.

Good luck! It will be interesting to see where you go with it.

ossaguy 09-18-2014 01:16 AM

I'm excited to see how it turns out!


TonyL 09-18-2014 05:38 AM

I am doing the same for my pastors, but without the segmenting (not that advanced yet). I found the wood very hard and needed a carbide barrel trimmer. Your segment looks great!

Krash 09-18-2014 08:40 AM


Originally Posted by TonyL (Post 1704343)
I am doing the same for my pastors, but without the segmenting (not that advanced yet). I found the wood very hard and needed a carbide barrel trimmer. Your segment looks great!

Yea, I was surprised when I first cut into it. It was a lot harder that I suspected.
This is a fun journey to create something new and unique. I'll post the results in a few days. I'm taking my time to consider each step as I go instead of quickly forging ahead.

BJohn 09-18-2014 09:07 AM

Look forward to seeing the results and naturally the pen.

triw51 09-18-2014 09:39 AM

But if it represents the Ark of the Covenant then only a High Prist can use it once a year on the day of Atonement... Right? Just wondering
Great idea and I am also looking foreward to seeing the finished pen. May God guide your hands as He did thoes who build the Tabernacle and the instruments used in it.

Krash 09-18-2014 07:03 PM

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Four gold (colored) rings added.

Thinking on if I want to do anything else. Simple is usually better. If anyone has a suggestion that I can consider, feel free to offer it.

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