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Altar - St. John's Grace Episcopal Church
51 Colonial Circle at Bidwell Pky. and Lafayette Ave.
Buffalo, New York




Arthur F. Werner , with the assistance of Thomas T. Heyer


6' wide, 32" deep, 3' high


  • Oak faced plywood top unit
  • Red oak legs and trim
  • Red oak vine thorns and panel with frame
  • Double stained golden oak (vine area); dark oak all others

In 2005 the church commissioned Arthur F. Werner , with the assistance of Thomas T. Heyer, to construct and install a new free standing altar in the main sanctuary of St. John's Grace Episcopal Church.

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A. Werner cutting holes for legs

A. Werner planing deck edge

Cutting and craving trim pieces

Separation for carving

Early carving of the angel. See the baptismal font model.

Assembly at the church - A. Werner adding vine carvings

Installed altar in main sanctuary

The design in the reardoss was the starting point for the altar trim


Note that the altar straddles two steps

Carved angel with gold leaf on text. See the baptismal font model.

Carved vine encircles the table box , in a shadow box effect

Red oak faced plywood top unit

Special thanks to Arthur Werner for his cooperation and assistance, including opening his private files on the construction of the altar. Other work by Werner can be viewed at Church of the Advent - Carvings and Needlepoint

Photos ##7-16 and their arrangement © 2005 Chuck LaChiusa
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