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
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.
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.
With Spring closely around the corner, I made a few stain glass cardinals that are available in my studio.
I recently finished this commission which will be hung in the Library of one of the schools where our Sisters have served for many years. There will be a plaque with the following words hung next to the wood carving. Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger is shown amidst the Totino Grace Students in Fridley, MN with her
With the heat we have been having this summer the sunflowers have been growing taller and following the sun. If you are fortunate enough to see a field of sunflowers, you can enjoy a sea of yellow blowing in the wind. One of my memories of driving out to North Dakota is viewing such fields
Yesterday as I stepped out the door I noticed a daisey sprouting up through the grass in full bloom. It made me smile because it was a rather unexpected surprise because I had not noticed it there before. This is the season for all sorts of beauty to be in bloom. I enjoy carving various
June is typically known as the month of the Sacred Heart because the feast day is in June. With heart throbs pulsating through our veins we carry on the love that has been our heritage. We encounter many different people and situations to live this love out. We feel the rhythm of its flow in
This past week I worked on this new cross and combined the Pentecost story. The coming of the Spirit leaves Mary and the apostles filled with the Divine. We too pray Spirit come, ignite us and inspire us in word and deed. What happened that day could barely be comprehended. People spoke different languages which
I wanted to show the completed piece of the Emmaus story that I have been working on this past month. When I completed it yesterday I wanted to include some white marble and earth tone tiles for the rays around Christ head. They recognized Jesus in the breaking of the bread so I wanted to
This is a new piece I have been working on, so I thought I would share what it looks like at this stage of carving. The Emmaus story in the Bible has always been a favorite of mine.
In March we celebrate the feast of the Annunciation, where the Angel Gabriel, as a messenger of God, came to Mary and told her she was to be the Mother of Jesus. Many images have been created of this scene over the years.
At the beginning of Advent I put up my “Love Cannot Wait” Exhibit again at Our Lady of Good Counsel Campus, in Mankato, MN. It went up outside our chapel entrance, but only this time it will be viewed one piece at a time (about one piece a month) until October 2017. At that time
When you come to my Wood Carving Studio you may be surprised to see some small stain glass pieces in the windows. I love to add
Recently I have been working at making some smaller wooden crosses and different types of flowers. I try to have smaller wood carvings
Yesterday I took down my exhibit, “Love Cannot Wait” at the St Paul Monastery in Maplewood, MN. The exhibit has been up for three months
Recently I started taking down carvings in my studio for an exhibition that I am getting ready for at the St Paul Benedictine Monastery in St Paul, MN. The exhibition is titled “Love Cannot Wait.” These words were taken from our Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger, who founded the School Sisters of Notre Dame, the religious order
Especially during this time of the year, I always think of our foundress Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger, of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. She was someone who believed in educating the whole person. She used future tense in her wording and was always optimistic. Her eyes spoke of her perceptive heart and she looked on
A little over a month ago I showed the beginning of a new carving that I was working on titled “Inner Light.” Since then I have finished the piece and would like to share how it turned out.
This is an explanation and picture of one of the two piece that I have hanging at the Basilica of St Mary in Minneapolis, MN during the month of September. I received third place on this piece at the original competition at the Benedictine Monastery of St Paul in Maplewood, MN. If you get a