Artwork for the Greater Good

Besides being in the shop, one of the best things that I do is being involved in my local Emmaus and Kairos communities.  These communities have impacted my life and made me a better person and deepen my relationship with God and I love the opportunities I have had to give back to the community and be on the team.

I was recently asked this question: If I could do anything and money wasn’t an object, what would I do?

That got me to thinking, and my answer was basically to bring water to the  places in the world where there is none because with clean water, that will improve people’s health, ability to grow plants and raise animals, and change the lifecycle in the third world.

Then I got to thinking more about it and found a ministry that does this ministry in Central America and is moving into Africa.  There are also opportunities to help raise money and even do trips to help build wells.

We know that God is always at work for the good of everyone who loves him.

Romans 8:28 CEV

So the Spirit has moved me and coming soon I will be announcing a new project where if you donate to the fundraising campaign, I will send you one of my custom designed art pieces for this project.  I am working on finishing the design now and hopefully will start work on cutting the first couple and have all of the details finalized.

I am really excited about doing a project like this which will help so many people.  Stay tuned for more details.

Quarter Pod of Dolphin

I was asked by a friend to create “something dolphin” as a gift and cut out this design. It features 3 dolphin jumping through a wave.

A pod is a group of 12 dolphin. When there are more than one thousand dolphin that is a super pod

This is made from Cherry and I took a little artistic liberty and left the live edge on the front end. The grain kind of reminds me of sand how it gets darker as it gets towards the back.

For Christmas I got a light box to help with my photography. I think it makes a huge difference.

Behind the build: Perfume Tray

I had originally wanted to have this project completed for my wife after she came home from her Emmaus weekend, but I realized that it was going to be a little more ambitious than I had originally thought.

I had wanted to make something totally different from what I had done in the past and challenge me to get better and this was the perfect project.


This tray was pretty ambitious – it was a total of 170 different cuts and took a total of 14 hours including cutting, (and re-cutting 1 piece), sanding, rasp sanding all of the interior cuts, gluing, and another round of sanding.  The wood for this project consists of Spanish Red Cedar for the perimeter of the tray and Cherry for the bottom.

Here is a set of pictures that show the process from the initial cutting to the finished product.


While this is ornate in design and the finished tray is pretty stunning, the perfectionist in me still has a couple of things I need to improve on if I do another one like this.  All in all I am very pleased with how this turned out, and the look on her face when she first saw it made it all worth it!!

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.  Colossians 3:17

2017 Recap

I have tried to launch this site, blog, and online presence for Holy Scroller a couple of times, but have struggled with what I wanted it to be.  There are so many options out there and places to market your artwork, and just as many opinions on what is the best route to go which leads to massive information overload.  So to that end I tried a bunch of different things out, and decided to come back to where I started…  this little wordpress blog that I had not done anything with but reserve the name.

2017 was a great year for Holy Scroller.  I reconnected with the calling of creating artwork that will inspire others.  I have cut many different crosses, word art, and Christmas ornaments.  The personalized Christmas were an interesting experience.  While I enjoyed making them, I got a little bored with the repetition.  Then God had me look at it a different way.  He reminded me that  I need to remove myself from the equation: what I was creating was something that is going to be a special memory for someone for years to come.  That I should get over myself and restore my passion for creating these.  Then I delivered an order to a family that ordered multiple ornaments, and to see the smiles when the people saw these…  oh my…  there are not words to capture what that feels like.

In addition to the personalized ornaments,  I also participated in my first craft show as a vendor.  I was not sure what to expect, but I came away from the show fired up.  My work got some great reviews and I was asked about building a prayer bench.  I have never built one, but I know that with God’s direction I can do it.

While I did do some sales, I think that I must have given away at least 3 or 4 times what I sold.  It is a contagious feeling for me to see the looks and reactions on people’s faces when I give them something.  On Christmas Eve – I took all of my ornaments that didn’t sell at the craft show and went around with a box and gave the ornaments away to put on their Christmas Tree. It made my night.

As I write this, I keep having this song that we sing at church sometimes in my head…



Be Still

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;  I will be exalted among the nations,  I will be exalted in the earth.” – Psalms 46:10 (NLT)

Life can be very hard and it is never easy to see the face of God in the midst of a storm.  Often times that is when we seek Him the most, and we have a false sense that when things are going well  that we don’t need Him as much.

That is my inspiration for this piece.  I found this pattern here.

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It also reminds me of a song by a band called StorySide B.  They were a great band and had a tragedy strike when they were on a cruise and Ron – the bass player died of a sudden heart attack.  The band tried to stick together but ultimately kept their booking committments and disbanded shortly after.  Here is their video for their song Be Still.