We design, carve, and cast each piece in our workshop in Covington, Louisiana.
We design, carve, and cast each piece in our workshop in Covington, Louisiana.
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Venerable Matt Talbot: Patron of Alcoholics, Those in Recovery, AA Members; Handmade Medal on Chain
Venerable Matt Talbot: Patron of Alcoholics, Those in Recovery, AA Members; Handmade Medal on Chain
Venerable Matt Talbot: Patron of Alcoholics, Those in Recovery, AA Members; Handmade Medal on Chain
Venerable Matt Talbot: Patron of Alcoholics, Those in Recovery, AA Members; Handmade Medal on Chain
Venerable Matt Talbot: Patron of Alcoholics, Those in Recovery, AA Members; Handmade Medal on Chain
Venerable Matt Talbot: Patron of Alcoholics, Those in Recovery, AA Members; Handmade Medal on Chain
Venerable Matt Talbot: Patron of Alcoholics, Those in Recovery, AA Members; Handmade Medal on Chain
In the Company of Saints

Venerable Matt Talbot: Patron of Alcoholics, Those in Recovery, AA Members; Handmade Medal on Chain

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A handmade medal on a chain of Matt Talbot, a poor Irishman who, for his determination to overcome his addiction and his saintliness, became a patron of alcoholics and those in recovery. (His repute in Ireland is wide enough that a bridge in Dublin was named for him.) I design, carve, and cast the medals myself (for some of the process, see the last 2 photos). The medals are made of lead-free pewter and have designs on both sides. The pendant comes on either an 18- or 24-inch stainless steel chain. Each comes in a felt jewelry pouch with a history card that states:

"Matt Talbot (1856–1925) was born into a poor, hard-drinking family in Dublin. He found work with a wine merchant, and by 13 was an alcoholic, continuing that life for 16 years until, in 1884, he hit bottom and stopped drinking. He was sober for the next 40 years. He attended Mass daily and read widely in Irish religious history (the background of the front of this medal suggests a beehive hut, a dwelling used by early Irish saints like St. Kevin). He lived an ascetic life, and, a Third Order Franciscan, gave virtually everything he had to those poorer than himself. After his death, word of his life and determination spread widely (so much that a bridge in Dublin was named after him): many addiction clinics and recovery houses have taken his name; thousands who have called on him for help have found solace and strength from him in their struggle. The hardness of his life and his determination have made him an example and companion to all who live through hardship and addiction. He is now classed as 'Venerable,' a church term for one who has entered the process of being named a saint. This medal of Matt Talbot was handmade at In the Company of Saints. The front has an image of Talbot, the back the words 'Matt Talbot, Pray for Us.'”

Dimensions of medal: 1.2 (h) x 1.1 (w) inches


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