Father Sean Connor was looking for an alter set to complete an intensive restoration for the lower church at St. Ann's in Dorchester, MA. I let him know that if I had ample time then I would build him something beautiful at a good price. After catastrophic events overwhelmed the parish and community, we went forward with using the design recently made for St. Joseph's Retreat House in Milton. With the leaning curve out of the was I was able to improve various elements of the altar set substantially. The presiders chair was made from oak that was originally intended for an altar rail for a Boston church back in 1992. The long aging process  made the wood very stable which is important for this type of joinery. The inside of the altar has the same fine detailing as the outside. The flooring and the 4 offertory candle benches were all made from recycled church pews.

This altar design has been retired. I will however continue to make chairs that will be similar in design. A previous blog item explains more about the original design and the initial amount of work there was to creating a set. The design's success, comes from creating each piece to be individually unique, beautiful and functional while also matching as a set.