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The Carpenter

 

I would have loved to meet him.

 

From the 1340 Überwasserkirche in Münster, Germany.

 


The Carpenter

 

I would have loved to meet him.

 

From the 1340 Überwasserkirche in Münster, Germany.

 


comments (53)

Hand carved by a master, Ginnie, and beautifully captured by another.

Is this design repeated on other items throughout the Church?
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Beverly. Thank you. Believe it or not, I never once thought about going up and down the aisle to see if they were all the same/similar. I do remember, however, looking at one that wasn't as in tact as this one.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Feb 2011, 01:45
Indeed! This is the work of a Master.

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Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ray. I would have loved seeing him at work!
  • Kala
  • United States
  • 11 Feb 2011, 02:29
Wow. Beautiful work. Maybe we'll meet him in another life!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Kala, and I hope so!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Feb 2011, 04:30
This is a beautiful close-up of a masterpiece.
I don't want to sound dis-respectful, Roman Catholic churches does not have a meaning to me, it is the beautiful art work that impresses me, the building on it's own, the paintings, the sculptures, the woodcarvings, the stained glass, the ceiling paintings, that kind of things do crack my neck to see it all.
Wouldn't it be something to be able to see the person at work, carving this piece, maybe it was a woman wink
TGIF
Ginnie Hart: I know you're not being disrespectful about the RC churches but your religious upbringing is similar to mine, so I understand. I thought about a woman carving this...like you! But I'm guessing in that day and age, she would have had to be disguised as a man to do so out in public. (sigh)
Beautiful detail, it was a good idea to take this photo. A+ VAL smile
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Valérie.
powerful close up, interesting
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Fabrizio. I love old wood like this. Grazie.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Feb 2011, 07:06
Many hundreds of years ago too Ginnie from the look of it
Ginnie Hart: By the looks of it, yes, Chris. We don't see stuff like this being done today, that's for sure. Thanks.
Craftswork! I love it!! I love this old wood too
Ginnie Hart: I am a fan of wood carving, Marion. I'm especially a fan of oak and woodgrains. My dad was both a preacher and a carpenter. He would have loved seeing this. Bedankt...and welcome back to broadband!
gros bisou ginnie, bon week end à toi...
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Pierrot. You have a great weekend, too.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Feb 2011, 07:40
Oh, your eyes discovered quite more 'things' during our lovely meeting than mine - a finely taken carving detail of the old church pew (but surely not from 1340)! I like to see this carving touched and 'polished' by thousands of hands during all the times, maybe, by my own hand, too, for I sometimes visted this church to listen to a concert.
Ginnie Hart: I would love to know how old those carvings are, Philine. If you ever find out, please let us know. My dad would have loved this. He worked with wood his entire life and especially loved oak. He also was a preacher, so I oftren thought of him as a Jesus figure. To sit there for a concert would feel so other-worldly! Hartstikke bedankt.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 11 Feb 2011, 08:19
yes me too, i love an artisan that can work in 3d... just beautiful
Ginnie Hart: We're on the same page, then, Elaine. Thank you.
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 11 Feb 2011, 08:45
that is some handcraftswork there, churches are filled with it
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Chantal...especially the European churches. We don't see this in America!
  • sil
  • Italy
  • 11 Feb 2011, 09:00
Amazing design! Would have loved to meet him too. Wonderful
Ginnie Hart: It's palpable, Sil, even from this image. Grazie.
Such dedicated skill, the carving has mellowed with time.
Oak is such a lovely timber.
Ginnie Hart: I so much agree with you, Martin. My dad taught me to love wood and oak was his favorite. Thanks.
Certainly good work.
Ginnie Hart: Not something we see much of anymore, Mary. Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 11 Feb 2011, 09:58
You start off with a picture in your mind of what you want to create. You have to cut the working block accordingly. Then a sharp set of chisels and wooden hammers. It is an art, it is.

If you met the Carpenter, what will your question be?
Ginnie Hart: I would ask, "What was your biggest challenge of all the carvings you ever did!" One day maybe we can talk to all the people we so greatly respect! Pick their brains; see what made then tick.
This is lovely Ginnie. There is nothing quite like the feel and look of old wood with a patina of centuries of hands and polish.
Ginnie Hart: I love wood, Sheila. The smell of it, the feel of it, the look of it. Thanks.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Feb 2011, 10:06
The warm glow of the wood is beautiful with the light picking out the simple details of the carving.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ingrid. I love wood carvings like this.
Beautiful work Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Roland. Merci.
  • Fokkio
  • The Netherlands
  • 11 Feb 2011, 10:48
Nice that this has been preserved for so long. This is great craftmanship.
Have a good weekend Ginnie.
OT: nice that you've enjoyed the north, come back sometime.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Fokkio. We don't usually get to feast our eyes on such handiwork.
We LOVED your neck of the woods and will definitely go back one day!
Amazing craftsmanship, expertly illustrated by Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Doug. Thank you.
Beautiful handiwork, it is often little bits like this we miss in churches because we get overwhelmed by the general beauty of the building itself.
Ginnie Hart: I agree on both accounts, Brian. Sometimes it's the small parts that are as amazing as the whole. Thanks.
Such a fabulous composition, lovely light, great focus, texture and color...a beautiful image Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Pavan.
A beautiful art of work and captured beautifuly. Have a wonderful weekend !!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Laurette. Thank you.
Well composed and captured, polished by all those hands and time.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, John. Yes. It makes you want to meet them all. Thanks.
A beautiful piece of carving Ginnie Oak lends itself so well to this kind of work. Very nicely presented
Ginnie Hart: Don't you just love oak, Janet. My dad did...and maybe that's why I do, too.
Those were the days Ginnie..Wonderful work.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, they were, Ron. Thanks.
I would love to be able to do this with wood but I was a total washout at school when it came to woodwork!
Ginnie Hart: It would be special to have a mentor to teach us, Bill, wouldn't it. I'd like that.
It's just the kind of wood, smoothed by time and caressing, that invites you to do just that, caress the wood! Love it.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Alex. I just want to reach out and touch it again! Thanks.
A fine bit of carving, well-captured, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Tom. I love this kind of artistry.
A lovely capture of a very talented carpenters work smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Linda.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 11 Feb 2011, 17:42
I wonder what you would have said to him Ginnie?
Ginnie Hart: As I told Louis, I would ask, "What was your biggest challenge of all the carvings you ever did!" One day maybe we can talk to all the people we so greatly respect! Pick their brains; see what made then tick. Thanks, Chad.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Feb 2011, 20:41
His work is perfect and you have captured it perfectly smile
Ginnie Hart: You're most kind, Cherie. Thank you.
Amazing detail you captured here, Ginnie!
Can you see a tail on the top?!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Yes, I see the tail, LC. Leave it to you to see it. smile Thanks.
I am always stunned by what those guys could do with simple tools. And that wood is gorgeous.
Ginnie Hart: I agree on both counts, Michael. I love the look and feel and smell of wood!
nice find, lovely intricate details on the woodwork
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Ayush.
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 12 Feb 2011, 05:09
Beautiful craftsmanship Ginnie and you have done him justice with your lens....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Peter. I love workmanship like this!
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 12 Feb 2011, 06:03
Great skill showen by you both
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Vintage. Thank you.
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 12 Feb 2011, 08:51
Nice datails
Ginnie Hart: Gracias, Oscar! smile
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Feb 2011, 15:04
well captured!
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt, Petra.
  • didier
  • france
  • 12 Feb 2011, 15:52
une lumière douce sur cette frise à la belle texture presque vibrante !
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Didier. I love the feel and smell of wood like this!
wow... and we think last year was a long time ago! smile Beautiful workmanship...
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean, Larry. 1340 almost seems impossible, doesn't it! Thank you.
  • tede
  • France
  • 12 Feb 2011, 18:17
A detail of beauty, your shot is splendid. Ginnie good evening.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. Merci.
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 13 Feb 2011, 07:28
Have a nice sunday!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Chantal.
  • Krunal
  • India
  • 13 Feb 2011, 07:45
nice texture
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Krunal.
Wow Ginnie.. a master piece... amazing clarity at that high iso. Outstanding
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Gale.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 Feb 2011, 17:42
After having read the little guide about the √úberwasserkirche I have to say that the church pews were probably carved in the 70s of the 20th century -according old models of course - the church itself was very badly destroyed during the WWII - like the whole town- so that most of its parts had to be rebuilt. Only the choir-stalls for the priests are older (partly from 1540 and 1874). All this information doesn't diminish the beauty of this wooden craftwork you captured very well.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you for this added tidbit, Philine. I had no clue people still hand-carved things like this so recently! Quite amazing.
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 13 Feb 2011, 18:57
Old it may be, but there's no denying the ability and talent of the early sculptors. Love the patina of the wood - it's quite beautiful.
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean, George. I love the handiwork of these old artists. Thank you.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 13 Feb 2011, 19:09
very unique carving indeed.. he's talented.. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Rian. I thought so, too.
  • Didier
  • Belgium
  • 15 Feb 2011, 09:05
Wonderful wooden art! It seems to be made in walnut tree, resisting to centuries. It's a lovely capture that reinforce the marvelous wooden texture. Well done, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I love wood carvings, Didier. I love the smell and feel of wood. I don't know what wood this is...oak, walnut?? Merci.
Wonderful detail in this interesting image.
Ginnie Hart: I am really drawn to wood carvings like this, Graeme, because of all the details. Thank you.
Lovely capture of a lovely piece of art


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Ginnie Hart: Thanks again, Tomekha, for your kind comment.
  • Gloeb
  • United States
  • 27 Mar 2011, 21:10
beautiful shot! incredible workmanship!
Ginnie Hart: I'm a glutton for wood carving, Glo. Thank you.

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