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Posted: July 09 2007 at 12:39pm | IP Logged Quote marcie

I think that is his name. Can anyone direct me to the person who had Fr. Oak on their blog?
Thanks so much.

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Posted: July 09 2007 at 2:01pm | IP Logged Quote Carole N.

It was Mackfam (Jennifer Mackintosh). Sorry, I cannot hyperlink right now. But the link is

http://wildflowersandmarbles.blogspot.com/

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Posted: July 09 2007 at 3:56pm | IP Logged Quote marcie

Thanks so much Carole!
We want to make our own and I hadn't bookmarked her blog.
I knew someone here would come to the rescue.

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Posted: July 09 2007 at 9:21pm | IP Logged Quote SuzanneG

Here is the direct link to Jennifer's Father Oak.

I sent the link to my Dad and....voila! Except I have a "Father Birch!"

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Posted: July 09 2007 at 10:28pm | IP Logged Quote marcie

We will have a "Father Cypress"!

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Posted: June 17 2009 at 11:54am | IP Logged Quote SuzanneG

I just posted Father Birch on my blog.

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Posted: June 17 2009 at 12:42pm | IP Logged Quote Mackfam

How did I miss this?

Here's the How-To with explanation of Father Oak.   

Thanks, Carole for remembering Father Oak.

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Posted: June 17 2009 at 12:51pm | IP Logged Quote Matilda

We made something similar but with only a drill and a hand saw. (My husband is not comfortable using electric saws.) You can see it here. Now I need to whip up some vestments and decide on a name!

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Posted: June 17 2009 at 1:04pm | IP Logged Quote Mackfam

This is so funny....Father Oak, Father Birch, Father Cypress, and now Father Dowling!

Welcome to the Priestly Fraternity of the Forest.

I just love seeing how all of you get creative!

Charlotte, your idea is sooooo cool for those less inclined to sculpt the figure of Father out of the forest offerings! Just great!

Ok...where are Father Pine, Father Maple and Father Redbud?

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Posted: June 17 2009 at 2:13pm | IP Logged Quote SuzanneG

Good Job, Charlotte!!!!! Love it!!!

Before we made Fr. Birch we were using a wire hanger shaped into a "T" stuck into some clay or playdough.   

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Posted: June 17 2009 at 11:21pm | IP Logged Quote Erin

Jennifer

Not only have I put in a request for Fr Oak (ours may be Gum just to add to the Priestly Fraternity ) but I really want an altar like yours. I've been wondering if I need to confess to the sin of covetousness.

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Posted: June 17 2009 at 11:40pm | IP Logged Quote MaryM

Suzanne, I saw your comment on Charlotte's blog about this being a great idea for the "Year of the Priest." That is exactly what I had been thinking while reading the thread!! I'm going to post this in the Priest Year thread and link.

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Posted: June 18 2009 at 8:57am | IP Logged Quote Matilda

I just posted what was going to be my second option if Fr. Dowling hadn't worked out and thought I would share it here for anyone who wants their own Fr. Oak but doesn't have the tools. I found a free standing wooden cross at the local Hobby Lobby in the VBS craft section. They were $3 and stand about 7.5 inches high and 4.5 inches wide. You can see it here. This would be simple stand to use for felt vestments. No power tools & no sewing involved!

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Posted: June 18 2009 at 9:02am | IP Logged Quote Matilda

Jennifer,
I meant to tell you that I was partial to "Fr. Ash" before deciding on "Fr. Dowling" because we actually know a Fr. Ash. Anyone else from Texas could have a Fr. Pecan (it's the state tree) or maybe Fr. Cedar or Fr. Mesquite. It would be fun to see what names people from other states came up with!

I really love this idea and am having to fight the urge to sit down and embroider felt vestments all day. Oh why did I promise the kids that we would go to the pool?

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Posted: June 18 2009 at 10:39am | IP Logged Quote Helen

Mackfam wrote:
This is so funny....Father Oak, Father Birch, Father Cypress, and now Father Dowling!
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Ok...where are Father Pine, Father Maple and Father Redbud?

This really is funny. You have to see the pictures to fully appreciate.

ETA: It's also a fabulous idea.

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Hmm, we may have to do a Father Buckeye! :)
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Posted: June 18 2009 at 1:39pm | IP Logged Quote Mackfam

Mackfam wrote:
Welcome to the Priestly Fraternity of the Forest.


I was concerned that this might have sounded sacrilegious and I wanted to be sure to underscore that I have the utmost respect for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter's, and for the great Sacrament of Holy Orders in general! Perhaps it wasn't right to make light with that particular play on words. I pray it isn't offensive and is viewed in the humorous light it was intended! It was definitely NOT intended to downplay or trivialize the great sacrifice and gift of self made by these men in accepting a vocation to the Fraternity!!!!! Just a way of gathering all our wooden representatives/liturgical figures into a brotherhood of sorts.

Thanks for indulging my clarification...and now back to waiting to hear if Charlotte brought felt and her embroidery needle to the pool today!

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Posted: June 18 2009 at 2:55pm | IP Logged Quote Mackfam

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Jennifer,
I meant to tell you that I was partial to "Fr. Ash" before deciding on "Fr. Dowling" because we actually know a Fr. Ash.


Fr. Ash it is then!!!!

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I really love this idea and am having to fight the urge to sit down and embroider felt vestments all day. Oh why did I promise the kids that we would go to the pool?


I cannot wait to gather ideas from you and see how your vestments turn out!!! Father Oak's vestments are nice, but I'd really like to update his stoles. I still have material left from making his originals.   Can't wait to see more inspiration from this creative crew!

I never thought of how appropriate this would be in the Year of the Priest, but it is! What a wonderful time to consider adding something like this to your family's living of the liturgical year. There are enough ideas here to inspire and fit into everyone's means and abilities, I think!

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Posted: June 18 2009 at 3:20pm | IP Logged Quote Matilda

Oh no, Jennifer, I resisted the urge! Besides, my kids are splashers more than they are swimmers! And our stand has already been accepted as "Fr. Dowling". It really suits him best! Someone else can have a Fr. Ash. This is turning into such an inspiring activity.

Now I'm going to grab my needle and thread!

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Posted: June 18 2009 at 3:38pm | IP Logged Quote Matilda

Mackfam wrote:

I was concerned that this might have sounded sacrilegious and I wanted to be sure to underscore that I have the utmost respect for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter's, and for the great Sacrament of Holy Orders in general!   


I took no offense at all and understood your meaning but if someone did, you have certainly clarified your intentions beautifully so I doubt there would be any hard feelings.

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