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It's a beautiful decoration for my bedroom. It also is something that keeps me aware of the Lord's sacrifice for me. With it being from the Holy Land, where Jesus walked and performed miracles for people, makes it that much more special. I feel it has protective qualities to help protect my house as well. I know that the actual item doesn't do that, but God does. It's a beautiful reminder that he's with us in spirit.
Bought this to pair with other wood to make a gift for a relative. The first order somehow was sent to the wrong facility and then the ordered was canceled as it said it was "Undeliverable" from that location. Not sure how in 2021 something can be deemed "undeliverable" from any place on the planet. They must have sent it to Mars on the rover. Ordered another one and It arrived fairly quickly, which is the only positive thing I can say about it. Upon arrival, the first thing I noticed was that it was twisted. I work with wood and know how to correct that. The second thing I noticed is that horizontal part of the cross was crooked. And not just a little bit. By over 1/4 inch from left to right. Lastly, it was covered with what I can only assume was lacquer, given the clarity of it. It wasn't smooth or even at all. Some spots looked like it had 10 coats on it, some spots were completely bare. I managed to get the crookedness out of it through use of a planer and some serious sanding. All of that was for not though, as it being 1/4 out if of square made it literally unusable. That didn't sound like much but it's only like 5 inches wide, so it was quite noticeable. The only other nice thing I can say about it is that it sure smelled good going through the planer! Made me hungry!
I spent about 2 hours sanding and oiling these crosses (2) and wow did they come out great! Making them for my whole family. If you know anything about wood, sand this from 220 (dry) to 500 (wet). I used Danish oil, and the result was spectacular. The fact that it's olive wood from Jerusalem gives it a unique touch. I attached a bronzed corpus (about $21 on Amazon), and it looks awesome. For those that wood-burn, its easy to inscribe on the back. I'm giving one to my Grandson for his christening present.
I bought this cross "used," so I expected there to be some marks or blemishes on the cross. The blemishes are prominent and quite noticeable, but I will be able to accept it (maybe do my own work to reduce the severity of the blemishes). Overall, a nice piece.