Thursday, May 24, 2018

Marble Sanctuary Furniture Hand Carved in Italy

Henninger's recently installed a set of marble sanctuary furniture for St. Jude Church in Columbiana, Ohio.  The furniture set included:
  • Altar of Sacrifice
  • Altar of Repose
  • Ambo
  • Baptismal Font
This project was a successful collaboration of the three company team that is featured on Hand Carved in Italy ( Henninger's, Franco Spagnoli, and Ferdinand Stuflesser 1875.  The following images will help illustrate the different steps that made this project a reality:

Design Phase

Henninger's Altar of Sacrifice Design

Henninger's Altar of Repose Design

Henninger's Baptismal Font Design


Material Selection

Material Selection in Italy
Calacatta Gold Marble

Material Selection - Calacatta Gold

Shop Drawings

Altar of Sacrifice Shop Drawings by Franco Spagnoli

Baptismal Font Shop Drawings by Franco Spagnoli


Work in Progress mosaic medallion by Ferdinand Stuflesser 1875
Finished Mosaic medallion (flipped for flat installation)

Franco attaching mosaic medallion on front of Altar of Sacrifice
Completed Baptismal Font

Work in Progress Baptismal Font Base

Work in progress Altar of Repose
Assembly of Altar of Repose in Spagnoli workshop

Assembly of Altar of Repose in Spagnoli Workshop


Altar installation by Henninger's
Altar installation by Henninger's

Altar installation by Henninger's


Finished Pieces

Completed Ambo
Completed Altar of Repose

Completed Baptismal Font
Completed Altar of Sacrifice

Friday, February 16, 2018

Hospital Chapel In Youngstown

Large Altar with Tabernacle in Existing Chapel
When St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown made plans to modify their Chapel space to better serve their staff, their patients, and any visitors to the hospital, they realized that changes were necessary.  The Altar in their current chapel was far too large to use in the newly renovated space and for the tabernacle, but they wanted to use as much of the marble as they could in designing new appointments and wanted to continue to use their tabernacle in the new space in an effort to keep some symmetry in the Chapel.

The hospital contacted Henningers's to design new liturgical appointments that could utilize the marble that would be available from the no-longer-being-used existing Altar.  Henninger's designed appointments with marble tops with wood to complement the beauty of the Bottacino marble.  Henninger's also used the symbol from the tabernacle as a motif to continue on the front of the appointments.
Henninger's Conceptual Design

The hospital approved the design and requested that the wood that would be used in the furniture would be mahogany, which had been used elsewhere in the hospital.  With the timeline of when the furniture was needed in the larger scope of the project, Henninger's went to work on the furniture, using the bronze symbols and the raw mahogany to begin to build the furniture.

Once the furniture was assembled, the wood was stained in a natural finish, the marble tops - cut from the original Altar by Henninger's - were attached, and the symbols were attached to the front of the pieces and the furniture was readied for delivery.

When the space was ready for the new furniture to be installed, Henninger's delivered and installed the furniture into the newly renovated chapel to be enjoyed by staff, patients, and all those visiting the hospital in need of a place of quiet prayer.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

St. Joseph Church - Circleville, Ohio

Henninger's recently finished working on a renovation at St. Joseph Church in Circleville, Ohio.  This project was under the leadership of general contractor Corna Kokosing, architect Scott Harper, pastor Rev. Ted Machnik, and his church committee.

St. Joseph - Circleville, Christmas 2017 Photo Credit: Sheri Theis

 Henninger's had the privilege of executing the following work:
  • Plaster repair
  • Interior painting
  • Decorative painting
  • Mosaic lily medallion
  • New marble Altar, Ambo, and Cantor Stand
  • Pew refinishing
  • New kneelers
  • New Gothic style wood chairs
  • New handrailings
  • Metalware refinishing

 Photos before renovation
Sanctuary view from choir loft
Altar of Sacrifuce
Marian Altar

Interior view

Back of Church

Photos of plaster repair and interior painting work
Ceiling and sanctuary

Ceiling painting
Trompe l'Oeil detail
Narthex ceiling
Work in progress painting

Interior Painting

 Photos of Mosaic Lily

Tile Layout

Work in progress

Work in progress
Completed Mosaic

Installed mosaic
Photos of new marble Altar, Ambo, and Cantor Stand
Altar leg at shop in Carrara, Italy

Cantor stand at shop in Carrara, Italy
Cantor stand at shop in Carrara, Italy

Ambo at shop in Carrara, Italy

Ambo installation
Ambo installation

Cleaning marble

Completed Ambo

Completed Altar of Sacrifice

 Pew refinishing and new kneelers
Pew installation

Pew installation
Pew installation
 New Gothic style wood chairs

At shop in Ortisei, Italy

At shop in Ortisei, Italy
Completed chairs
Completed chairs in Ortisei, Italy

Tracery detail

Presider's Chair

Photos of renovated church
View from choir loft

Back of church