I thought it might be a good idea to explain how I go about creating a carving. I buy my lumber at a local saw mill and by now you have probably figured out that I use linden wood which is commonly known as bass wood. This is a hardwood but one that does not have much grain in it. Early on in carving I discovered that I was allergic to some woods so I usually stick with kiln dried bass wood because it is a softer hardwood and easily accepts the different stains that I use. After planing the wood and running it through a joiner, I glue and clamp the boards together for the size I need for my drawing. Now I sketch what I am going to carve right on the wood. Then I clamp the piece of wood down and start to carve removing the wood to different levels. As you can see in the photo below the chips begin to accumulate and are eventually recycled for starting fires in fireplaces.
Thomas Merton was born on December 10, 1941 and died December 10, 1968. He arrived at Gethsemani, a Trappist monastery in Kentucky, and there spent 27 years. The journals that Merton kept during this time contain more than 1,470 references to nature. Nature surely influenced his thinking and his prayer. He liked to discover the “hidden wholeness” in the creation around him.
Recently I learned something new about Our Lady of Good Counsel. While I was with a group touring a chapel I heard a person describing a stain glass window dedicated to Mary. It peeked my interest due to the fact that I live on Good Counsel Hill.
In 1989 I had the opportunity to view the original fresco of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Genazzano, Italy about 30 miles south of Rome. I remember being very surprised at the appearance of the piece.
The term fragment is used to describe something that is broken off or incomplete. The apostles were told in the scripture story to pick up the fragments of the leftovers after feeding the crowds with the loaves and fishes. We know that in fragments there can be gems. People go to garage sales and hunt through other’s garbage all in search of a treasure. We need to start seeing the fragmented in society as a treasure instead of an inconvenience.
Rabbouni is the title of a new piece I have just finished. This word was proclaimed in the garden by Mary Magdalene when she was the first to hear Jesus speak after the Resurrection. This word means teacher. Mary Magdalene knew instantly the sound of Jesus voice and in that moment recognized the depth of what she was witnessing.