Today I wanted to share with you a remarkable story that is absolutely worth a blogpost.
Our only full-time Flemish wood carver has been asked to create unique wooden prayer frames for a 19th-century abbey in England.
Last year robbers broke into the Benedictine Abbey of St Michael’s in Farnborough, England, entered the crypt and stole historic wooden framed prayers in French and Latin from the tomb of Prince Louis, son of Napoleon III.
Despite the efforts of local police and an international appeal among antique dealers, the prayer frames have not been retrieved, so they needed to be replaced.
The frames were made by an unknown wood carver in incredible detail. Finding someone to make exact replicas of the walnut frames was a difficult task untill Abbot Cuthbert Brogan stumbled on the website of our Belgian woodcarver Patrick Damiaens (see also my post about the book ‘MANUFACTUM’ here).
After seeing the highly detailed work of Patrick, they knew they had found the craftsman capable to carve the exact replicas. Patrick is now awarded with this job!
Patrick has photographs of the originals, from which he’ll make his own technical illustrations, which will form the basis of his carvings. And he will spend some time in museums in Paris acquainting himself more fully with original carvings done in the very ornate Napoleon III-style.
To read the full story, please click here.
Patrick Damiaens at work in his workshop Photo source here
Congratulations Patrick, we are so proud of you! Let us know when the frames are finished, seeing these carvings of your hand is worth a visit to the Abbey in Farnborough.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!