The scallop shell is the traditional symbol for the Sacrament of Baptism, reflecting how it is that God’s grace and love are poured out upon our lives. It is a symbol used to mark the way on pilgrimages. It says that on the pilgrimage of life, God’s blessing is poured out upon life. This cross can have either a natural scallop shell or a hand-carved wooden shell. Both are set into the wooden cross.
Options: There are two options for the scallop shell. On a trip to Sanibel Island, Florida, I collected many beautiful scallop shells. One of these can be set into the center of the cross. The second option is a hand-carved wooden scallop shell made from Olive wood, curly maple, or Padauk (orange hue which darkens with age).
I can provide any number of types of wood for the cross, including Purple Heart, maple or African Mahogany
To personalize: Provide me a piece of wood that has particular meaning to you. I have used a tree branch from a family’s home, the arm of a chair from a broken rocking chair, or a leftover piece of lumber from a baby’s cradle. I need enough good wood (straight and free of blemishes, knots, or cracks) to mill a piece that is one-inch square and 9 inches in length. Hardwood makes for the best results.
The celebration of this Sacrament is a sacred time. It can be honored with a personalized Baptism Cross using the traditional symbol of the scallop shell and cross.
Regular size, natural shell, $26.00
Regular size, carved shell, $37.00
Large size, natural shell, $42.00