Handmade Statue of St. Fiacre, Patron of Gardeners, with Cat, Dog, Bird
I designed and carved the original of this piece, which depicts St. Fiacre, patron of gardeners, with a dog, cat, and bird. I cast the statues in "wood mache," a combination of recycled sawdust and various hardening ingredients that, when glazed, result in a piece that is smooth, hard, and weather-proof. The pieces come boxed, can stand or hang on a wall (there's a hook on the back, which is flat and unpainted), and can go outside. Each piece comes with a history card stating:
"Fiacre was born in County Kilkenny, Ireland, in the seventh century. After being ordained a priest, he established a hermitage in Ireland, but, as has happened with many a hermit, people wouldn’t leave him alone: word of his holiness spread, and disciples came. Looking for greater solitude, he fled to France. There, the bishop of Meaux offered him use of all the land he could till in one day. Fiacre miraculously used his staff to turn over acres of land, which the bishop then granted to him. He built a hermitage with a substantial garden and lived a life of hard manual labor, tending the garden, growing fruits, vegetables, and medicinal herbs. From his garden he fed pilgrims and the poor. Like other early Irish saints (Patrick, Brigid, Brendan, Columban...), he was highly nature-oriented. Thus this statue depicts him pondering his garden while listening to the advice of a real master gardener and dropper of seeds: a bird, who’s telling him where to dig and plant."
9.25 inches high x 4.25 inches wide