Carver finds Mary in bois d'arc limb

Rod Golay has been carving wood for about two years. Golay, of rural Keyes, is trained as a carpenter and has worked in construction. An injury currently has him unemployed. He has been creating canes for his mother, aunts and uncle from an apricot tree found near his grandmother's former home.

But it is a cross he fashioned from bois d'arc that has him excited.

“I just made a cut across this limb, polished it and covered it with polyurathane. When I took it out into the sunlight I saw her,” Golay smiled.

Her, is a profile image of the Virgin Mary. Golay then completed his work of art, making the piece into a cross.

He plans to sell the item on E-Bay, assuming if Mary on a 10-year-old grill cheese sandwich would sell for $28 thousand, a cross would be equally prized.

Golay doesn't confine himself to crosses in bois d'arc. He has several crosses he refers to as “sculpture” that he carved in one piece from a red bud that had grown near the Methodist Church in Keyes.

“The wood came from a church, I had to carve crosses,” Golay shrugged.

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