This Christmas Ornament is a Peter Engler creation. Reproduced in resin from an original woodcarving and hand painted, it is a total Ozark product. It is our hope that this ornament will always add to the spirit of Christmas for you and yours.
Heaven & Earth – 2002
There is and always has been a connection between Heaven and Earth. The birth of Jesus is a powerful illustration of this connection. In this ornament the angel represents Heaven, Mary and Joseph represent Earth, while Jesus represents Heaven and Earth. May this ornament serve as a clear and constant reminder of that connection and in so doing it will remind us of the real meaning of Christmas.
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.