Nauvoo Temple

In January of 2000, Richard McDonald help us when we built the bibliotheca.  Now I get a chance to return the favor and assist him in carving 53 wooden capitals for the reconstruction of the LDS Temple in Nauvoo, Illinois.

One of the few extant artifacts from the original temple built in the 1840's was a sunstone from which the capitals are based.  Richard made the first clay model after a drawing and some changes were suggested.

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First Clay Model

A second clay model was made with the changes and the final design approved.

Second Clay Model

Richard then carved the master for his 4 head carving machine, it is carved from red alder and painted white.  It was then determined that the rays were too shallow and additional resin based material was added and re-carved.

    Master for carving machine

The master will be used in the carving machine to produce the rough blanks in poplar.  Because of the amount of work involved, Richard has put together a crew to help him and we are honored to be included.  Now the work begins, further pictures will be posted.

Rough blank with layout lines   

A rough blank on the left is from the carving machine with the layout lines.  The rough blank on the right with the background and rays worked on the left side above the head.

Richard McDonald working on a capital

Richard McDonald's Wood Carving

1478 East Emerson

Salt Lake City, Utah 84105


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