HYMN 504 – OLD RUGGED CROSS

This is the first in a series of original pieces that was directly inspired by lyrics to classic hymns.  When I first started going to church, it was in a small old Baptist Church in St. Mary’s County Maryland at a rather difficult time in my life.

One of the hymns I remember that was pretty much a staple was Old Rugged Cross.  The hymn was written in 1912 and has been recorded by many different Country music recording artists including Johnny Cash,, Ronnie Milsap, and Vince Gill

So I’ll cherish the old rugged Cross, Till my trophies at last I lay down

I will cling to the old rugged Cross, And exchange it some day for a crown

So I’ll cherish the old rugged Cross, Till my trophies at last I lay down

So I’ll cherish the old rugged Cross, Till my trophies at last I lay down

I will cling to the old rugged Cross, And exchange it some day for a crown

For this project I used reclaimed lath wood from a house that was built in 1858.  I used a piece of 3/8″ Baltic birch plywood as a backing board and also to add some strength.  I attached everything using brad nails.

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The design concept was to create a labyrinth type of effect and to have the cross be the center of attention.  I did not sand or add any type of finish to it because I wanted to maintain the rough texture of the lath.

This was donated to a fundraising auction for Rising Hope Mission Church.  This is a

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