Earlier this year, we were approached by a church in California looking to make some custom holy water fonts for a very special purpose – to show support for Christians persecuted by the self-proclaimed Islamic State.
First a little background. Assyrian Christians in Iraq and Syria have been under threat since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, fleeing the region in large numbers. With the rise of the self-proclaimed Islamic State those still in the area have been threatened with death unless they converted to Islam or paid tribute. Christian homes were painted with the letter nun, the first letter in the word Nasara, which is the Arabic word for “Christians”.
Because of this, a campaign has sprouted which uses the nun to show support for Assyrian Christians. One church decided they wanted to add the symbol to some holy water fonts and came to us.
The initial request was for two sizes of holy water font, one close to what we make typically, and bigger version with a backplate about 18″ wide and 26″ tall. We decided to base the design on our 2524-83B font. We had to create new patterns for each size so they could be cast.
Next, we had to make a machine-readable version of the nun so it could be cut from bronze plate. Basically it involved tracing an existing image of a nun to give us a computerized outline. That was then fed into a cutting machine to provide us with the raw bronze symbol.
Once we had the backplates and the symbols the rest of the job was as simple as polishing, painting, and assembling the fonts. Here are a few photos of how they turned out:
And finally, here are the large fonts after installation:
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