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Participant Information

John Vinsonhaler


The one common denominator is: Enjoying the making of crosses from a variety of materials.

April is Parkinsonís Awareness Month. My crafts are on display at one of the local banks for the next 2 months.

I began making metal objects out of square cut nails about 3 years ago. I also have used horseshoes, horseshoe nails, and railroad spikes.

Parkinsonís disease has made it difficult to properly align, then weld together projects due to my tremors and weakness. This makes each piece a one of a kind! Some days are better for me than others. As the saying goes I have Parkinsonís: It does not have me.

The first thing I made was a square nail cross, then a horseshoe nail cross. Next I started making a 3 to 4 inch square nail cross and a stand to hang it from. A popular item has been the Nativity made from square nails.

As it has become harder to find affordable square nails I have discovered how to create trees and crosses from stranded copper wire. I have even made a cross inside a light bulb!

In the last few weeks I have enjoyed learning how to make crosses, rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces from silverware.Fishing lures are also fun to make from flat ware.