CrissCross Creations started in the summer of 2004 on top of Loon
Mountain in New Hampshire. My family and I were attending a 4 day
concert called Soulfest at the mountain. One of the fun things to do
was to ride to the top of the mountain on the gondola. At the top, we
walked around, enjoyed the scenery and found a little hut where they
were selling walking sticks, bowls, and cross necklaces. I had always
wanted a hand-made wooden cross-not the cheap imports made with 2
pieces of wood. So, I bought the one I liked the best, although several
home, while I wore the cross almost every day, I was on the lookout for
a little different cross. I was stymied in my efforts and could not
come up with an acceptable internet solution. But, I have always liked
working with my hands, though my precision leaves a little bit to be
desired. So, I took some pine and began cutting, filing, drilling and
sanding till I figured out I could make the kinds of crosses I like.
Pine just didn’t make the grade so I went out and bought
several exotic woods. The initial work turned out promising, so I tried
a few more woods, made more and more crosses.
today I make these crosses not just for the enjoyment of myself and my
family. The crosses are much like all of us: none are perfect. There
are similar elements to all of them, but no two are exactly alike. But
they all present an image to remind us to go beyond our tastes,
imperfections, and sometimes even beauty to the One who saves us. I try
to make crosses in shapes and woods that will please many tastes. I
hope you try one or more of my crosses. They are meant for you, to give
to friends as gifts, to hang on the rear view mirror of your car, or to
hang at your home or office desk.
Some customers have expressed their satisfaction with CrissCross
Dwight Crowther and CrissCross Creations have served our school family
for over eight years by providing our students with one-of-a-kind
crosses for our dynamic retreat program. The different styles of cross
necklaces that are hand made with great care and love by CrissCross
Creations, has helped Trinity High to perpetuate the love of Jesus
throughout our hallways. Many friends of Trinity who happen to visit us
during the school day have commented how great it is to see so many of
the Trinity students with beautiful wood crosses around their necks.
Thanks to Dwight and his love for our youth we would never look
anywhere else but to CrissCross Creations for our necklace cross needs.
Director of Religious Formation,
Trinity High School-Cleveland Ohio
Criss Cross Creations offers affordable, durable, beautiful symbols of
faith for our Mission. Not only is every piece a work of art, but
Dwight has on more than one occasion, come to our rescue by shipping
last minute orders to any crazy destination we have requested. He
treats every request with understanding and professionally...we intend
to order from him for years to come.
Beyond Sunday Missions
I have been using CrissCross Creations for a number of years for our
Mission’s Confirmation retreat. The candidates received a
blessed cross during Mass, and were encouraged to wear it until their
Confirmation. The crosses are beautifully made, and very reasonably
priced. I like ordering the Tau cross because it is not as well
recognized as the other forms, and so requires some catechesis.
This year I also wanted to try something extra, so I ordered
“His People’s Cross Kit” for the retreat.
The confirmands had a workshop on prayer during which they wrote a one
word intention on a wooden piece and glued it to the cross.
Coordinator of Ministries for the Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis Mission
I purchased my first cross from Dwight and CrissCross Creations ten
years ago, while working at a junior-high school retreat called
SnowCamps. I was amazed at the quality and beauty of the various
crosses and the reasonable prices. I quickly became a repeat customer
and have bought many different crosses throughout the years, both for
my personal pleasure and to give away as gifts. For teenage campers and
friends, I have found the necklaces and earrings to be perfect gifts.
Personally, however, my favorite piece is the “His
People’s Cross”, a wall cross made up of bits of
wood pieces. I have given at least 20 of these crosses away as gifts
– for weddings, anniversaries, house warming, Christmas and
most recently to two of our parish priests who were leaving on
reassignment. The thank you note from our pastor reads, “His
People’s Cross is beautiful! A wonderful reminder of the many
faces brought together by the Cross of Christ!” It is a
special gift that has been cherished by many of my family and friends.
Not only is every piece beautiful and unique, but ordering them is also
extremely easy. Items can be paid for using PayPal, and Dwight always
ships my items quickly, making the entire process very convenient.
Dwight has even been known to meet me to deliver a cross needed quickly
or even to drop them off at my home! I have never been disappointed
with any of my purchases and enjoy sharing their meaning and beauty
with the people I love.
Thank you Dwight for the gift of your creativity and your hand made
I have added to CrissCross Creations by using my love of
photography to produce original photo notecards also.
May God Bless You.