Carver's work to go out of state
It's going to be a beautiful sight and Mancos resident Jay Fann will have had a lot to do with it.
Four panels, each depicting a verse from Psalm 23, are what Fann has been working on for the past year. He's carved them for the Broadway Baptist Church's chapel in Fort Worth, Texas. He will personally take them down to Fort Worth himself when they are ready to be installed.
The panels, all made out of basswood with a walnut frame, are his best work yet.
"This is the most difficult design I've ever worked on!" Fann said. "And it's the most exciting!"
Fann is known for his carved doors, stunning in their hand-crafted simplicity and elegant in their beauty. His doors can be seen around Mancos, from the library to Nathaniel's Hats.
But this commission was one he couldn't pass up.
Claudine Marion, the minister at Broadway Baptist Church is also the art director. Fann learned about it through his sister, Lark, who is a member of the church. Fann is also a member, having spent some time in Fort Worth.
"The people at the church have let me pretty much do what I wanted. They've been so good and patient with everything that I've done!," he said.
The chapel where they will go has stained glass windows that represent the New Testament, with hands in each window. There are "niches", he said, that needed to have something in them, and Fann's panels will be the perfect thing. Each of the panels also have hands in them.
"Hands are quite difficult to carve," he said.
The carvings started out as drawings on paper, Fann said. "The carvings go much deeper in the wood than I usually do. I usually go about 3/8 inch; these are 7/8 inch."
The panels can still be seen in Fann's studio between the Mancos Valley Bank and Becky's Salon.