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The Master Carpenter

 

Inside our nearby Grote Kerk in Gorinchem, Netherlands,

the wood turner set up his tools to demonstrate his craft.

Wasn't Jesus a carpenter?!



The Master Carpenter

 

Inside our nearby Grote Kerk in Gorinchem, Netherlands,

the wood turner set up his tools to demonstrate his craft.

Wasn't Jesus a carpenter?!



comments (43)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 14 Nov 2012, 00:49
Wonderful image, Ginnie...the lathe's shavings really make it.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ray. I'm also partial to the shavings!!!
Jesus is said to have been a carpenter, but I am not sure he plied his trade in church. smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Larry. I wonder if he'd overturn the tables here? Somehow I did picture him standing there, enjoying his craft.
Marvelous Ginnie!
And yes.. he was... he was a poor, working class boy born to an unwed mother. He quit his menial labor job to wonder the land living off of the kindness of others and preaching peace, love and harmony... how can the Republicans claim to be "The Religious Right" - when clearly - they'd have hated Jesus Christ! I'm sorry - I've brought my religion into politics, and snuck it onto your blog! smile
Ginnie Hart: Well, dear friend, I actually meant to open it up like this! HA! I grew up in a conservative church, hearing about Jesus over-turning the vendors' tables set up in the temple. But somehow in this image I could see Jesus standing there, working his craft. And yes, the right-wing Republicans of today would NOT like the real Jesus, I'm afraid.

I did see a wonderful article yesterday, however, about some conservative Christians that exist who voted for Obama becuase they DO like the real Jesus!
http://canyonwalkerconnections.com/gop-you-want-to-know-why-you-lost-the-election-because-you-could-not-count-on-evangelicals-like-me/
  • Helen
  • United States
  • 14 Nov 2012, 04:20
I like the tones here. This could be a Norman Rockwell!
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Helen. Thank you.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 14 Nov 2012, 04:57
This church is a wonderful place to have demonstrations like this, in the Grote Kerk.
Churches should be open to anybody.
Absolute wonderful picture, love the colors. So fascinating to see Adrie at work.
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, MLMA. For me it made perfect sense to have Adrie demonstrate his craft here inside the Grote Kerk. I like how there is a perimeter around the boxed pews, as though separate from the place of worship. And I really did picture Jesus standing there!
Well done Ginnie ! Like the composition and the colours.Special place ,no ordinary factory.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Ronnie, for stopping by and commenting here.
What a magnificent old machine Ginnie... it is so well framed with the stained glass windows behind it... i am not sure if Jesus was a carpenter... but his stepfather was....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: I grew up hearing Jesus was a carpenter but who knows. Maybe he was the carpenter's son and we all assumed he was, too? Anyway, I found myself picturing him standing there...here in this church! Thanks.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 14 Nov 2012, 06:20
He was indeed Ginnie, and research shows generations of my forebears were too. I can just see Astrid being keen to turn wood on one of these
Ginnie Hart: My dad, too, was a carpenter, Chris, when he wasn't preaching! Believe it or not, Astrid was most keen on the glass blowing and I was the one most keen on the wood turning. It's something I've been interested in for years. Now if only he had let me try it out! I suppose I could ask him...since we'll see him on Saturday again?!
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 14 Nov 2012, 06:59
I remember using a lath at school indeed a great way to be creative
Ginnie Hart: Now that you mention it, Vintage, I think my older brother also did this in school. Too bad I didn't follow in his footsteps. I would have loved it, I know!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 14 Nov 2012, 07:12
My first impression was that we are in a church - yes, Jesus was a carpenter like Father Joseph - what a fine thought for a wood turner! I like your warm treatment!
Ginnie Hart: It seemed appropriate somehow, Philine, for him to be there! Hartstikke bedankt.
  • Sally
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Nov 2012, 07:16
A wonderful shot Ginnie, I bet the scent of the wood it fabulous.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Sally, and yes, indeed. I have always loved being around the scent of freshly-cut wood!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 14 Nov 2012, 07:27
I feel I am there, Ginnie, so well have you caught the atmosphere. (And you are never too old to take up wood-working!)
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Lisl. If I had access to the right tools. I know I would give it a try. We'll see him on Saturday and I may ask him if I can give it a try once?!
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet
  • 14 Nov 2012, 07:57
Only the windows give any clue that this is a church Ginnie. That shade of green is delicious, like greengages, a fruit that I am fond of.
Ginnie Hart: It was important to get those windows in, Chad, yes. You'd love this church...which hopefully you will see when you visit next year!
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 14 Nov 2012, 08:23
you're not really asking if Jesus was a carpenter right? lol you're funny smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Just wanted to see if anyone was paying attention, Elaine. grin
He has made himself at home here and I hope if Jesus was visiting he would feel the same. Nice shot Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I totally agree, Janet. That's exactly what I was thinking. smile Thanks.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Nov 2012, 08:45
What a great image, those shavings really add to the atmosphere of it
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Anne. It wouldn't be the same without the shavings, for sure
Ha ha... He was a cameraman.
And now we worship photography. ;o)

At first, I thought that was a sewing machine, G!?
You sure he wasn't a tailor?
Ginnie Hart: What would Jesus do if he were alive today. HA! One can only imagine. Someone else thought it was a sewing machine, too. smile
Imagine if you had a table he'd knocked up in his dad's workshop. That would get them going on the antiques roadshow
Ginnie Hart: HA! Indeed, Bill. Indeed. smile
Except for the floor, doesn't look the usual dusty woodworker's shop.
Ginnie Hart: When you set up for the day, Mary, I guess you don't have to bring it all with you. grin Thanks.
He was an apprentice carpenter I think. His dad was better at it ;-) At first i thought it to be a sewing machine.
Ginnie Hart: You may be right, Wim. smile Someone else also thought that was a sweing machine. This is his mediuml for-the-road lathe he takes with him on such trips. His main lathe is big and he also has one smaller than this.
  • jpla
  • Anjou
  • 14 Nov 2012, 09:20
Jolie lumière ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée
JP
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, JP. Merci.
I love your capacity for turning every bit onto a political issue. My feeling is that because of Ikea, JC would be unemployed today!
Ginnie Hart: HA! You're probably right, Juan Carlos. He's probably be a photographer! grin
  • Laurette
  • South Africa
  • 14 Nov 2012, 10:11
A wonderful capture Ginnie with beautiful tones and excellent framing.
Ginnie Hart: Much appreciated, Laurette. Thank you.
It is very well to show us these beautiful jobs which disappear more and more. The light is beautiful here and misses only the smell of the wood
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Marie. It did give me pause to see this because I grew up in the church as the daughter of a preacher! Merci.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 14 Nov 2012, 12:05
For some reason I think of the public side of the post office service counter. Difficult to complete the picture of a church in my head. Must be the shavings or something.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Louis. I know. smile Thanks.
A great shot Ginnie, he dialogue between yourself and Elizabeth is a joy to read also. Is this a foot operated lathe, I can't see any cables?
Ginnie Hart: You got me scrambling to look at my other pics from that day, Brian, and I found the cables off towards the corner behind the end of the table. They're there. In fact, you can see hints of the white cable.

And yes, there really is a behind-the-scenes conversation, isn't there! smile Thanks.
A fine shot and a fine place to demonstrate the craft... I also enjoy the comments Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Jacquelyn. Somehow I just felt very cozy about this image! smile
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 14 Nov 2012, 12:55
Loving the color and toning and light in this. I can just imagine this carpenter sitting here doing his work..'creating'.
Ginnie Hart: Not something you'd expect to see in a church, Marcie, but...why not! Thanks. smile
You have to admire a craftsman like this fine fellow Ginnie.I don't do religion.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Mick, and I know. I don't "do" religion anymore myself though I do consider myself to be deeply spiritual.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Nov 2012, 14:24
Aha a fretsaw, not a sowing machine as I first thought. Very elegant surroundings Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Actually, a lathe for turning wood, John, if you want to be exact. It felt so very cozy seeing it there in the church.
A lovely shot Ginnie, with all the remnants of his work surrounding the bench! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Martin. I love anything related to wood like this. smile
Wonderful image with the shavings Ginnie. Lovely tones too!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. Merci.
Jesus would probably say : "Jesus! Why didn't I get one of those?"
Ginnie Hart: HA! Maybe so, Dennis. smile Thanks for the smile.
Lovely colours here, Ginnie - I'll have to find that article about the Obama-voting neo-cons!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Tom, and please do find that article. smile
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Nov 2012, 21:09
Looks like my sort of wordworking. Start off with a tree and end up with just a pile of shavings smile A lovely skill to have.
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! I bet you're a lot better than you're letting on, Alan! Thanks.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Nov 2012, 21:19
Such I lovely image, I love how the light is catching and illuminating the wood shavings.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Cherry. I love everything about the inside of this church, which often has exhibitions like this because the light is so good.
I am sure that Jesus is at that church Ginnie... after all they are all His House....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Peter, and well put! Thanks.
That is another very cool shot. I am another who thinks the shavings really make the shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Michael. I LOVE wood shavings. smile
  • rian
  • United States
  • 15 Nov 2012, 04:32
oh! and here i was thinking what a grand work place he has.. grin nice catch!
Ginnie Hart: I know, Rian. Just for his weekend exhibition! smile Thanks.
  • Emily
  • Canada
  • 15 Nov 2012, 16:44
That is the cool thing about where you live. So rich in history and I just checked out the link on Grote Kerk and it seems this religious monument is so intricate and grand.

Did you have time to explore all of it? Did you find out anything interesting?
Ginnie Hart: I absolutely love where I live, Emily, and try to explore every nook and cranny. I will kick the bucket long before that happens. We visit this church often, just 2 blocks away, whenever they have such exhibitions. We even sometimes go to special holiday services there, for Christmas and Easter.
I'm sure He is glad looking at your shot Ginnie. Warming.
Ginnie Hart: That's very kind, Flo. Merci.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 17 Nov 2012, 12:13
I can see it Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for backtracking to all these images, Frida. It means a lot!
classic smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!

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