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John Crouchet, Mission Concepción Cross    

John's latest project for the National Park Service was a 3/4 scale reproduction mission cross for Mission Concepción in the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

The progress of the prodiuction of the cross.



the full size working drawing for replica


starting the basic framework


Using dividers to measure scroll lengths... You know I really only do this stuff so I have an excuse to play with all the cool old blacksmith tools


starting the scrolls


rough fitting the "C" scrolls on the drawing
John forging the cross

forging the cross


Hot collaring the cross
John with finished cross

proud poppa


the finished cross


delivering the finished cross to National Park Service Ranger Elizabeth Dupree. Elizabeth is the Chief of Interpretation for the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.


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