Vendor Spotlight: Crosses by Eric

Crosses by Eric is one of the amazing vendors showcasing artwork at Backroads Market in Leavenworth, Indiana on October 7, 2017

Eric Voyles makes dreamy crosses  in a little one bay garage in downtown Corydon.  And lucky you, he’s bringing them to Backroads Market in Leavenworth on October 7!

It all started about 12 years ago with a little aluminum pocket cross that Eric received as a gift. He loved the gift, but  decided that if he was going to carry a cross in his pocket, he wanted one that was a little thicker and heavy enough to know that it was there.

So what did this guy do?  He made his own.

He cut one out of a piece of 1/8 stainless and used his dremel to engrave Christ on it. From that point on, everyone who saw that little pocket cross asked if he could make them one. And this guy?  We can’t even.  He always just gave them the one from his pocket then made himself another.

Crosses by Eric Products

Crosses by Eric is one of the amazing vendors showcasing artwork at Backroads Market in Leavenworth, Indiana on October 7, 2017

Crosses by Eric really got its start when Eric began making gifts for people he knew. Fortune smiled on the rest of us in the guise of the friends who kept pushing him to sell the beautiful crosses he made. And it only took him 9 years to give in.

Eric’s faith is his inspiration (obviously). For him, the cross is a reminder of the greatest gift that has ever been given. He likes to say, “The beauty in the cross is not the cross itself, but the action that took place on it.”

He also has an eye for seeing the potential in a scrap piece of wood.  After over 25 years in the wood industry, Eric has learned to find beauty in scrap wood that no one else wants. He gets excited when he sees a worm-hole riddled board or a board eaten up by carpenter ants. That’s when he  starts seeing the potential of something beautiful.

Receiving a wood burner for Christmas last year opened up a whole new line of merchandise for Eric. He says he can sit for hours working on a picture with a little blues or jazz playing playing in the background. He loves it when customers contact him with an idea and ask him to come up with something beautiful based on it.  With all this woodworking skill, it’s sure to be fabulous.

Eric inspires us here at Backroads Market.  One of his favorite things about this business is when someone buys a gift for someone else and lets him know how much the recipient liked it. To be able to bring joy into someone’s life with just a piece of wood is what it’s all about for him.  But more than that? Eric knows bliss when he hears that a piece he made opened the door for someone to be brought closer to Christ.

You can check out more of Eric’s crosses by visiting his Facebook page, but pictures don’t sit heavy in your pocket, so come to the Market on October 7 and check them out in person.

Like our other vendors, Eric looks forward to meeting new people, but he’s also excited because Backroads Market is a unique set-up overlooking the river.  We have to admit, we really like the site, too.

See you there!

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