This is a Caribbean wood, growing in the Dominican Republic, Belize, Guatemala, Cuba, Jamaica and Southeastern Mexico. The color of this dense wood ranges from an amber to deep brown with some occasional red, orange or dark streaks.
What makes this wood unique is that the grain is very dense, so it polishes up very nicely. It is a hard wood, about twice as hard as White Oak. Additionally, this wood has a characteristic of having "depth" to the color so it has an illusion of being able to "see" into the wood when we buff it. This is a beautiful hardwood and feels very smooth in your hand.
As with all of our crosses, there were no stains, lacquers or preservatives used to finish your cross; only a natural oil which is hand-rubbed and polished to enhance the woods natural beauty. When you hold our crosses, you are “feeling” the wood and “seeing” the wood as God created it. No two are alike as boards will vary in color and graining due the environmental conditions it was produced. The shine on the cross is related to the amount of “resin” in the make-up of the wood itself. The more resin the higher the shine.
Crosses are handcrafted in our Palestine, Texas (USA) facility offering the highest quality. Crosses do not require polishing. Holding your cross will allow the oils from your hands to go into the wood and create a soft, patina glow. Never use oil or olive oil on our crosses.
Price noted is for 1 HoldingCross. The picture of multiple crosses is to share with you the diversity of the wood.
Thoughts on Engraving : This wood works well with engraving. Due to its tight grain, engraving comes out clear and precise.
Each cross comes in an organza bag with a StoryTag telling the name of the wood and a StoryScroll which contains suggested prayers, CareGiving stories and other information. We do not offer seconds or damaged crosses.Our crosses are all first quality and handcrafted in our shop by our family.
NOTE : The HoldingCross watermark in the picture does not appear on the crosses. The picture is marked for proprietary reasons.