English walnut (the ribbon)
Dyed veneers (the center)
Stabilized/dyed maple (the outer frame)
Maple (the background)
The cross on the face of Mt. Tallac (west shore of Lake Tahoe) is visible when the snow begins to melt in the spring. It’s a series of deep gorges that fill with snow during the winter. One Washoe Indian belief is that if all the snow melted away, the world would end. Other beliefs forecast a season of drought. Still another legend warns that the lake would dry up if the cross completely disappeared. As a tribute to Mt. Tallac and the cross, the opening sequence of the classic western TV show Bonanza was filmed so that Mt Tallac and its snow cross appeared prominently in the background.