This a widely distributed and well known wood of North America is one of the most common hardwoods found in North America. Its scientific name is Quercus rubra. Of all the hardwoods in the USA, this wood outsells all others !
This open-grained wood can be found in ship building, furniture making, cabinetry and wood paneling. It is common to see furniture pieces that are stained to look even more "red". Many tables, chairs and even church pews you see are from the Red Oak tree.
The crosses in the picture you see is from red oak trees that was harvested here in Texas. The color has a "hint of red" but since we don't stain our wood is is much lighter than store bought furniture.
The beauty of this wood is its light brown color with a reddish tinge with prominent graining.
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 DOES NOT work well with engraving. Due to its wide-open grain, engraving comes does not come 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.
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This cross given as a thank you. Red Oak is beautiful and nothing like they sell at the store
I send the Holding Crosses to mostly Family and friends that need them. I have been sending them for years. Love them!