"Dogwood Ornament" - #1/26

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Add a family name, memory, or date to personalize your ornament. When ordering, please tell us what words you would like to have added to your personalized ornament. Each ornament is hand painted, colors may vary. Hand painted resin designed by Peter Engler.

Legend of the Dogwood: An Old and beautiful Legend has it, that the time of the Crucifixion, the Dogwood was comparable in size to the Oak Tree and other monarchs of the forest. Because of its firmness and strength it was selected as the timber for the cross, but to be put to such a cruel use greatly distressed the tree. Sensing this, the Crucified Jesus said to the Dogwood: "Because of your sorrow and pity for My Sufferings, never again will you grow Large enough to be used for such a purpose. Henceforth you will be slender, bent and twisted with blossoms of white in the form of a cross. In the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints - brown with rust and stained with red - and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see this will remember." 

Artist: Born September 7, 1932 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Peter Engler began discovering his artistic gifts of drawing and carving at the age of 10. Peter joined the Marine Corps in 1951 and amongst the rigorous routines of the Korean War, Pete would use the little down time he had, pull out his pocketknife, and carve one of his whimsical little people. In 1962, he and his wife Virginia moved to Branson, Missouri from his mother’s art and gift shop in Lakeview, Arkansas and established Mountain Woodcarvers Shop at Silver Dollar City. Pete began to build the foundations needed for the arts and crafts in the budding community of Branson, MO. Since the 1960’s, Pete has owned and operated woodcarving shops of his own in Branson, MO and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. He purchased a warehouse that he re-designed and established as Engler Block. He also co-founded the National Festival of Craftsman and originated Silver Dollar City’s Fall Arts and Crafts Festival, which has been an annual event since 1961. He is now devoting his time to carving his beloved Santas.

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