No one is certain of the origins of the Celtic cross, which is widely used today as a Christian symbol. It appears to be a blend of the early Celtic and Christian cultures in ancient Ireland. According to Irish legend St. Patrick created the Celtic cross by drawing a circle around a Latin cross to combine both the Celtic and Christian symbols.
The Celtic Cross is made of black walnut and red palm. I chose red palm for the circle to simulate the intricate knot work typical of ancient Celtic crosses. The cross is approximately 3" X 4 ½" (70 X 110 mm). The natural woods are finished with clear acrylic over shellac.