This coming Saturday, October 8, 2016 we at Good Counsel are having our annual SSND Craft Fair. It is held on our campus in Mankato MN. It runs from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm. It includes many fun things like homemade soaps, plants, rosemalling, breads, jams, salsa and soups plus many wonderful crafts that our sisters do. There is even a very popular garage sale. The ceramic shop will be open along with my woodcarving studio.
I invite you to stop by and see some of the new pieces that I have created this past year. I am quite certain you will enjoy the day. There is even an opportunity to get lunch and a fresh piece of apple pie from the apples in our orchard.
Also just a heads up about the date for my Annual “Twinkling Woodchip Show that I hold in my studio each year. It is always on the Saturday before Thanksgiving which happens to be Nov. 19 this year from10:00 to 4:00. This year I am especially happy to have my niece, Emily Thelemann join me in my studio with her wonderful jewelry creations from wood, metal and leather. Emily is a jeweler in the cities area and also does custom work for people. You can check out her work on her Facebook page which is Shimmering Carbon.
Small Flower Piece
By doing right, justice will flow. The seeds of justice flourish and grow in all of nature and present a model to follow. We begin with acts of integrity.
Justice Will Flourish, 20″ h X 19″ w X 2″d
Last week I began work on a new Advent piece. I was in hopes that it would help me feel a bit cooler with all the heat and humidity we have been having. Ha ha I wanted to put something from the four gospel readings during the Sunday's of Advent in the carving. So far I am pleased with how it is going. I will keep you updated as it progresses.
New Advent Piece, 63″ h X 22″ w 1″ d
Old Testament and New Testament characters dominate this piece with the root of Jesse rising up bringing forth the Savior’s birth. We are led up the mountain of the Lord with our Ancestors who also ascended the mountain of faith to give glory to God. These signs of Community are central to how and where God’s revealing takes place.
The different symbols identify those with whom we have become familiar in our story. The gifts of our ancestors renew our calling to make God the center of our lives.
Cloud by Day, Fire by Night, 26″ h X 32″ w X 1″ d, Linden Wood, Glass, Wire, Brass
This carving shows the beauty and strength of a simple pine cone. In the summer months as we go for walks in wooded areas we either view the cones hanging from evergreen trees or lying on the ground. In this piece I show a small portion of a tree that caught my attention during one of these walks. The detail found in the cones is what captured my attention. Their hardness clinging to the softness of the evergreen, offers a stunning contrast. Both survive and actually thrive by presenting what they were created to be.
Pine Cone Glory, 16″ h X 12″ w X 1″ d
This carving reflects the power found in communities that celebrate Eucharist together. The people gathered at table are then sent forth to share the new life that they have received. They join with others in blessing, breaking and giving Eucharist.
Eucharist 12″h X 10″w X 2″d
This carving shows us that nothing will separate us from the love of Christ. Through the cross of suffering we are brought into the mercy of God. We stand united in our common struggle, witnessing that all works together for those who love Christ.
As you notice there are faces of individuals across the heart where we usually see the thorns. I wanted to connect the idea that we are held in God’s heart and love. As partakers of this love we impart new life and energy shining forth through the sign of the cross. The effects of this mercy meld into new vision for those who unite in this loving stance. We reflect that which we have been given—mercy.
The Heart of Mercy, 24″ h X 20″ w X 2″ d
Today being the feast of Pentecost I was reminded of a piece that I recently made. It portrays the driving wind that the Spirit stirs up in those who have open hearts to hear the Spirit's message. The seven gifts are represented by the seven energy circles present in the midst of those gathered. Continue reading
With Spring comes the popping up of many colorful flowers. Sometimes thanks to the squirrels you discover some shooting up in places where you really did not plant them. My mom loved flowers and would make beautiful bouquets with all the flowers she planted and cared for. I always particularly enjoyed the Spring flowers of iris, lilies of the valley, tulips, daffodils, and flowering trees branches. Continue reading
We each are given the command to step into the light and shed our darkness and pain. As we rise up God’s light fills us to capacity.
This past month I have been working on a variety of smaller pieces. I am grateful for the sales at my last “Twinkling Woodchips Show” because it is giving me an opportunity to create some new pieces. Continue reading
“There is no cross, big or small, in our life, which the Lord does not share with us.”
“Where the cross is, there Christ is near.”
Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger
Weave our crosses into our life.
This is a cross that was made from
With Spring closely around the corner, I made a few stain glass cardinals that are available in my studio. Continue reading
These past months I have been working with a group of youth in Eden Prairie, MN, at Pax Christi Catholic Community, to create a Processional Cross for their youth room and to be used in their worship space. The group came to my studio and worked together in the creation of a design for the piece.
This quote from Thomas Merton, ” With those for whom there is no room, Christ is present in the world. It is in these that he hides,” was the inspiration for this carving. Those enfolded within Christ’s arms manifest behavior, which at times, we turn away from. This approach is recognized in some form or other within all of us before we turn to also enfold them in our love. Continue reading
This carving shows the connection of the Holy Family’s Flight to Egypt and the flight of immigrants crossing over the borders. There is a sharp contrast between the darkness of the moon on the one side and the light of the sun on the other with the angel separating the two.
In the letter that Pope Francis wrote to explain the reasons for the Year of Mercy he used the words, two times, “Exclude No One.” That is exclude no one from your mercy and love. All are welcome. Continue reading
The Advent Season of hope is our blessing this year. We celebrate it with anticipated joy in the Light of Christmas approaching. A few years ago Continue reading
With the winds and first frost of these past days, we see the familiar sight of leaves blowing past our windows. It creates such a different view to once again see the whole structure of the trees as they lose their leaves. It is a blessing to have the different seasons which remind us that change is good.
This summer the BBC from England came to do a documentary of our Sisters. Continue reading
Thanks to all who came for the reception this past Sunday at the Basilica of St Mary in Minneapolis,MN. I appreciate your support and am grateful to the staff for the wonderful reception that they had. The exhibit will be up through October 25. If you get a chance please stop by and enjoy the carvings. Continue reading