Allen Stichler – Wood Carving

Bespoke Ornamental Wood Carvings & Tree Sculpture

    Oct 24

St Patrick at St Patrick’s

After the deer it was on to the depiction of St Patrick on the side of the trunk nearest the church. On most church sculptures and stained-glass windows, St Patrick is generally shown bearded, holding a crozier and wearing a mitre, so it was a simple decision to follow that design; the only challenge for me was to make him look serene, and not like Saint Nicholas…

The next step was the text which was to run around a strip beneath each image: known as “Saint Patrick’s Breastplate”, these words were attributed to St Patrick during his Irish ministry in the 5th Century.

“I bind unto myself the strong name of the Trinity” was chosen from the prayer (interestingly ~ considering the adjacent carving ~ also known as “The Deer’s Cry”), and the words fit perfectly from St Patrick right round to the owl.

Three coats of Danish Oil later, and it’s all finished…



Another pleasant and enjoyable job to do, well received by enthusiastic villagers and visitors to this famous church; thanks again to all those who encouraged me with their enthusiasm and kind words throughout the process!


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