My Carvings

 

san-damiano-out-of-doors

San Damiano of the Ozarks

 

The Crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ

The Crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ

 

This carving took two months of spare time, after hours, as a practicing podiatrist.  I stained it dark because of the solemnity of the Subject. It was beautiful in the natural color of the basswood. The icon is almost 2×3 feet.

Theotokos of the Sign (Isaiah 7:14)

Theotokos of the Sign (Isaiah 7:14)

This Carving Currently serves behind the Altar in the Sanctuary of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, in Springdale, Arkansas.  It was finished, I learned on the day that it was completed, the very day that our Church honors this particular icon.  the icon is about 2×3 feet.

The Resurrection of Christ- the harrowing of hell

The Resurrection of Christ- the harrowing of hell

This carving is hung on a wall in St. John Maximovitch Church on Grant Park in Atlanta, my home congregation.  It was carved in the Summer of 2009 while I was looking for work.  It helped to sustain hope in me- and I did get a job! The icon is approximately 2×3 feet x 2 inches.

St.Symeon the New Theologian-12th Century-"do not say that it is impossible to receive the Holy Spirit."

St.Symeon the New Theologian-12th Century-“do not say that it is impossible to receive the Holy Spirit.”

This carving is also displayed in the Nave of St. Nicholas’ Orthodox Church in Springdale , Arkansas.  Times of unemployment give me time to carve.  St. Symeon gives great comfort to those who believe that the voice of the Lord is knowable and His Presence is to be felt.  The icon is approximately 2×3 feet.

St. Raphael of Brooklyn

St. Raphael of Brooklyn

St. Raphael- a real North American Saint.  Carved in front of an Orthodox Brooklyn Bridge.  Is on wall at St. Nicholas’ in Springdale, Arkansas, and holds a relic of the Saint.  The icon is approx. 2×3 feet.

Joachim and Anna-Grandparents of God

Joachim and Anna-Grandparents of God

One of my first carvings- a gift to my wife.  One of the first icons we were drawn to was this icon, first seen at St. John’s Orthodox in Memphis.  It is approximately,  11×17 inches.  It points to the deeper love of God that makes pure and holy the love of marriage.

Resurrection of Christ- Unstained and almost done!

Resurrection of Christ- Unstained and almost done!

The unstained wood has a beauty all it’s own. The lighter wood allows the shadows to define and shape the areas of light more dramatically.

Lao Tzu Leaving Town on His Water Buffalo

Lao Tzu Leaving Town on His Water Buffalo

The Taoism of Lao Tzu was a pre-Christian anticipation of Orthodox Mystical Theology. The Tao in his thought corresponds to the Logos in Christian thought.  The book,  Christ, The Eternal Tao by Hieromonk Damascene explains in great and interesting detail.  Is two by three feet.  It is on display in the Photography Studios of world-class photographer, Don Harris, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and my good friend. This was another work done when I was unemployed.

Anna and Virgin Mary- on my easel in Gassville, Arkansas, when I was alive there

Anna and Virgin Mary- on my easel in Gassville, Arkansas, when I was alive there

This carving is also about 12 inches by 17 inches in dimension. I gave it to a patient whose Patron Saint was Anna.

The Mystical Supper- A Partial View from Its Position in My Old Chapel

The Mystical Supper- A Partial View from Its Position in My Old Chapel

This carving took one and one half years of spare time.  It is 2.5 x4 feet and is now gracing a room at St. Nicholas’ Orthodox in Springdale, Arkansas, Pastor John Atchison, and where two of my children attend.

A Reliquary for the Four Gospel Writers

A Reliquary for the Four Gospel Writers

The Four Symbols from the book of Ezekiel are Traditionally the Symbols of the Four Evangelists. The Eagle for John, The Ox for Luke, the Angel for Mark, and the Lion for Matthew.  In the Center is the Milky Way Galaxy and at the center of the Galaxy is the reliquary of the four Gospel Writers.  The Milky Way ‘morphs’ into the ultramicrostructure of the bacterial flagellum, signifying that Christ is Lord over all the Cosmos, that the Gospel is to Restore the Whole Cosmos, from Micro to Macro.

Mystical Supper- Unstained and Not Quite Finished

Mystical Supper- Unstained and Not Quite Finished

Sitting on the floor of my now-deceased mother’s living room.  I carved it at her house, and she said that it seemed that the Saints depicted were keeping her company, illustrating the window into heaven aspect of iconography, and also the glorious doctrine of the Communion of Saints-  That there is a ‘mystic sweet communion with those whose rest is won’, as the old hymn sung in Protestant Churches, attests.

Unstained wood has its own beauty and power.

Peter George-Michael

Peter George-Michael

My youngest son is named Peter George-Michael, and in this icon that graces his living quarters, are depicted the three Saints- in the middle St. Peter, leader of the Apostles, who was first in confessing Christ, first in preaching the Gospel on the day of Pentecost, and first in the extension of the Gospel to the Gentiles, in the case of the ministry to the centurian Cornelius.  To the left, St. George killing the basilisk, and to the right St. Michael the archangel, plunging is staff into the Kingdoms of the world in Judgment- and in this case the world is depicted with the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, the Pentagon, the Chrysler Building in NY, the Empire State Bldg,  the St. Louis arches,  The Transamerica Building and some Victorian row houses from San Francisco.

Detail- Carved Angel from Reliquary of the Four Evangelists

Detail- Carved Angel from Reliquary of the Four Evangelists

The Angel figure is perhaps three or four inches in height.

Wisconsin School of the Deaf Firebird

Wisconsin School of the Deaf Firebird

St Symeon the New Theologian.   Basswood, 1.5 x 2 feet. Minwax stain, acrylic colors, real gold leaf, satin finish.

2x3 feet. basswood. pecan stain.
Deposition of Body of Christ

 

Three Hebrew Children in the Fiery Furnace

Three Hebrew Children in the Fiery Furnace

St. Thomas More. Carved as a gift for Justice Antonin Scalia at the time of his visit to Mountain Home Arkansas 4/16/2015St.Thomas.More

Gerontissa Gavrilia
Was a Greek Orthodox Podiatrist/Physical Therapist, who, at age 56, quit podiatry at the call of the Lord and went to India to serve Him. She went to India without money, and lived without money for several years, until she was called to be a nun and went to Jerusalem. She was known for the power of her listening love and was a close patron to me inasmuch as I became acquainted with her in 2006 and felt her patronage as I also left podiatry for places unkown also at age 56 thereabouts. gavrilia

Coptic Noah's Ark with My Daughter's Family on-board

Coptic Noah’s Ark with My Daughter’s Family on-board

 

4 responses

26 12 2011
Sister Marika Rebicsek

Carvings are ABSOLUTELY awesome and you definitely are being guided by God! How are you keeping these days? Sr Marika

27 02 2012
benmarston

I am doing well by God’s grace!

19 07 2014
Margy Sandell

Absolutely wonderful, Ben, and a blessing to observe. Thank you for sharing these; I will keep them on hand. Lovingly, Margy

20 07 2014
benmarston

Thanks for the compliment! and Glory to Jesus Christ!

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