It’s never a dull moment in my workshop-hamshack. Before dying in 1399, Poland’s Queen Jadwiga traded her jeweled crown for one of wood so that her riches could be used to renovate the university in Krakow. Queen Jadwiga was beatified in 1986 and gained sainthood when Pope John Paul II canonized her in 1997. The Queen’s body has been exhumed at least three times. A local church group obtained relics (a chip of bone!) of the saint to display in their perpetual adoration chapel. I was asked to make a home for the Queen. I bricklayed and turned mahogony in the lathe to make the wooden crown that will house the relics. Neodynium magnets allow the fleur de lis that will hold the golden locket with the relics to break away so that the bishop will be able to wave it around during the consecration ceremony. I made a bracketed shelf with a rounded front for the crown to sit on.
Oddly this isn’t the first time I’ve had a saint’s relics in my shack. A couple years ago I made another relicquary, a walnut case with a glass door for St. Teresa’s relics ( looked like a piece of bone marrow). Kinda creepy, but kinda cool.