Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sermon on the Mount by Russ Aikins


While I was studying woodcarving with Ludwig Kieninger back in the late 80's, a fellow student named Russ Aikins was working on impressive carving of the Sermon on the Mount. I did not get to see it completed. When I last saw it, it was still a work in progress.

I recently learned that over 20 years later, Russ completed the carving and it is now installed at the First United Methodist Church of Plano. The piece is approximately four feet wide and the composition includes over 50 individual figures. There is a nice write up of the history of this piece at the Star Local News. There is also this video on Vimeo showing details of the carving.


Hopefully I will be able to go and see the carving soon. If you get an opportunity to see it, let me know what you think.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Stations of the Cross by Ludwig Kieninger


I recently had the opportunity to meet with some great people over at All Saints Catholic Church to see a set of Stations of the Cross carved by Ludwig Kieninger. These stations were carved for All Saints in the late 1970's. The stations are mounted up on the wall going around the church as can be seen in this photo from the church website. Unfortunately, my photos did not turn out as well as I had hoped. The color fidelity is not that good. Still, I hope you will enjoy having a look. If you are a parishioner of All Saints, leave a comment and let me know what these carvings have meant to you.