Hello my name is Joseph Bachner. I would like to thank you for stopping by to view my Celtic Crosses and for giving me this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself and how I got started in making them. All of the art work in my crosses is my own design and inspiration. My wood shop is located in historic Gloucester County Virginia not far from Yorktown where our country won it’s independence in the decisive battle of the Revolutionary War.
I am originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and one of seven children from a large Christian family. I come from a long line of carpenters and wood workers. My father and grandfather were carpenters and it is through them my interest in wood working has its roots. I inherited all of my father’s wood working tools when he passed away in 1994. I use many of the same tools he used to make my crosses. There are times when I pick up an old chisel or plane that my father used and it seems to have his skill honed into it from over the years when he used them. I love that feeling.
I came up with the idea to make Irish Celtic Crosses after my mother returned home from a trip to Ireland. I gave many of them as gifts to my family and they liked them so much that I decided to market them to the general public. Over the years after making those first few 16 inch Celtic Crosses it has seemed to grow and evolve into larger sizes and with inlay work. My first original 16 inch Celtic Crosses that I started making can still be found and ordered by contacting me through this web site. There is also a spiritual connection I receive in making Religious and Celtic Crosses. I feel that this is a gift to me for making them. It gives me a good feeling knowing that a spiritual connection may also be experienced by someone else who acquires one of my Crosses. I also like to do custom work as well and will work closely with church planning committees, plans and drawings.
Joseph S. Bachner