Celtic Alter Cross

Original Design Copyright Stephen Walker, All rights reserved.

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Polished brass set on Connemara Marble base. Back is the same pattern as seen on the far right. This cross is currently on the alter of a Church. Red bronze with a patina finish set in granite. This cross is in a garden. 

Back of the cross

This same knotwork design is available as a cross pendant. 

36 inch bronze cross at Saint John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Seattle. Rededication of the churchyard by  Bishop Nedi Rivera, Autumn 2006

This cross is one of a limited edition of 4 from the original wood carving, which also adorns the church. All have been sold.

The Celtic Cross above is an original, copyright design by Stephen Walker, based on his Collum Cille pectoral cross design. The pattern was carved in wood by Alec MacCrea and three casts were made at the National Casting foundry at Alfred University under the supervision of Glen Zweygardt. . It measures 24 inches from the base to the top with arms 13 inches wide. It is 1/2 inch thick. The metal portion weighs about 18 pounds. With the granite base the bronze version above weight a total of 90 pounds for shipping.

The cost for this cross in polished brass set in a 12 inch wide by 6 inch deep and 4 inch tall Connemara Marble base, as illustrated on the top left is $2900. 
Without the stone base the cost is $2500.

Bronze with a patina finish set in Connemara Marble is $2600. 
Set in Granite as illustrated above right $2400. 
Bronze with no base $2200.

A brass version of this cross is available with a knotwork boss in the center.
  For more information please call 
Walker Metalsmiths at 1-800-488-6347 (607-478-8567)


48 inch bronze cross, carved on both sides.
3/4 inch thick, weight about 70 pounds.
Open edition. Allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery.

To the early Christians the cross was a symbol of salvation and victory rather than a symbol of shame and torture. The circle that is characteristic of Celtic crosses is a symbol of eternity. Like God, the circle has no beginning or end. Celtic interlace knotwork is also symbolic of eternity as it is also unending. The weaving and repeated crossings of the strand of the knots are symbolic of the weaving together the spiritual and physical paths of our lives.

At the last supper Our Lord said, "I am the vine, you are the branches." (John 15, 5)This mystery is recalled symbolically on the shaft of the cross were the Tree of Life (Rev 22, 2) is carved growing out of the a communion chalice. There are twelve leaves on the vine that symbolize the twelve apostles.

copyright SWalker
updated 2013