by Lisa Tome
Steve Basht brought life to an Old Rugged Cross.
Basht, a wood craftsman, went to extreme lengths to distress wood for a cross he built for Janes United Methodist Church. He took 40-year old pine, chained it to his pickup and dragged it up and down his gravel lane. He also beat it with chains and other objects including a lawnmower blade. It was finished with motor oil rather than stain. "It's a workingman's cross," said Basht.