VIDEO: Life-size wooden carving of Mother Teresa goes on display at Poole church

Bournemouth Echo: Canon Dr Bill Merrington with his lifesize sculpture of Mother Teresa Canon Dr Bill Merrington with his lifesize sculpture of Mother Teresa

A LIFE-SIZE wooden carving of Mother Teresa took centre stage at a church in Poole this week.

The carving, which took more than 400 hours to create, is the latest work from award-winning craftsman and canon Dr Bill Merrington.

Currently on display at St Paul’s Church, Canford Heath, the lime wood sculpture depicts the Albanian-born missionary offering a baby to God.

Dr Merrington, who is the lead chaplin at Bournemouth University and the Arts University Bournemouth, first began carving wooden figures ten years ago.

“I used to make rocking horses as a hobby and it came from that. This is more challenging because it’s portraiture so it’s far more detailed,” he explained.

His previous works include a three quarter-size model of Gandhi and head busts of Nelson Mandela and the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, for which Dr Merrington won the title international woodcarver of the year in 2011.

The 58-year-old said he designs each of the sculptures after studying images of the iconic figures.

He added: “I wanted to carve Mother Teresa because she was so inspiring and gave so much to help others who were suffering.

“I have been working on it for just over a year.”

The craftsman spends hundreds of hours carving each figure in a garden shed at his family home. He said: “For a normal head it usually takes me around 200 hours. I think this one took around 400 hours.”

Asked what his wife thought about him spending so much time in his workshop he joked: “She doesn’t seem to mind – it gives her some peace and quiet.”

The figure of Mother Teresa is the centrepiece of a free exhibition at St Paul’s Church. The exhibition, which ends today, also features paintings, drawings and photographs of other iconic figures including Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela.

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11:41am Sun 1 Jun 14

Ashdevra42 says...

Well that's a bit creepy - offering a dead baby to god?
Well that's a bit creepy - offering a dead baby to god? Ashdevra42
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12:33pm Sun 1 Jun 14

boardsandphotos says...

Ashdevra42 wrote:
Well that's a bit creepy - offering a dead baby to god?
A baby born due to the lack of available contraception, thus repressing women, keeping them in poverty and denying them basic human rights even in instances of rape?

Yeah she was an inspiration alright....
[quote][p][bold]Ashdevra42[/bold] wrote: Well that's a bit creepy - offering a dead baby to god?[/p][/quote]A baby born due to the lack of available contraception, thus repressing women, keeping them in poverty and denying them basic human rights even in instances of rape? Yeah she was an inspiration alright.... boardsandphotos
  • Score: 3

12:58pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Pablo23 says...

boardsandphotos wrote:
Ashdevra42 wrote:
Well that's a bit creepy - offering a dead baby to god?
A baby born due to the lack of available contraception, thus repressing women, keeping them in poverty and denying them basic human rights even in instances of rape?

Yeah she was an inspiration alright....
Keeping people in poverty and suffering served her purposes, and its a scandal that the million of charity money she raised wasn't used to genuinely help these people. Large amounts of it even being funneled back to the obscenely wealthy corrupt Vatigan bank.

Fortunately people are now finding out how evil and corrupt the Catholic Church is.
[quote][p][bold]boardsandphotos[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ashdevra42[/bold] wrote: Well that's a bit creepy - offering a dead baby to god?[/p][/quote]A baby born due to the lack of available contraception, thus repressing women, keeping them in poverty and denying them basic human rights even in instances of rape? Yeah she was an inspiration alright....[/p][/quote]Keeping people in poverty and suffering served her purposes, and its a scandal that the million of charity money she raised wasn't used to genuinely help these people. Large amounts of it even being funneled back to the obscenely wealthy corrupt Vatigan bank. Fortunately people are now finding out how evil and corrupt the Catholic Church is. Pablo23
  • Score: 2

1:03pm Sun 1 Jun 14

boardsandphotos says...

Pablo23 wrote:
boardsandphotos wrote:
Ashdevra42 wrote:
Well that's a bit creepy - offering a dead baby to god?
A baby born due to the lack of available contraception, thus repressing women, keeping them in poverty and denying them basic human rights even in instances of rape?

Yeah she was an inspiration alright....
Keeping people in poverty and suffering served her purposes, and its a scandal that the million of charity money she raised wasn't used to genuinely help these people. Large amounts of it even being funneled back to the obscenely wealthy corrupt Vatigan bank.

Fortunately people are now finding out how evil and corrupt the Catholic Church is.
Yep completely agree, for all the hype she used far more time and energy converting people to Catholisism than she did actually helping people. As you said more money went straight to the vatican bank that was spent on medical supplies.
[quote][p][bold]Pablo23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boardsandphotos[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ashdevra42[/bold] wrote: Well that's a bit creepy - offering a dead baby to god?[/p][/quote]A baby born due to the lack of available contraception, thus repressing women, keeping them in poverty and denying them basic human rights even in instances of rape? Yeah she was an inspiration alright....[/p][/quote]Keeping people in poverty and suffering served her purposes, and its a scandal that the million of charity money she raised wasn't used to genuinely help these people. Large amounts of it even being funneled back to the obscenely wealthy corrupt Vatigan bank. Fortunately people are now finding out how evil and corrupt the Catholic Church is.[/p][/quote]Yep completely agree, for all the hype she used far more time and energy converting people to Catholisism than she did actually helping people. As you said more money went straight to the vatican bank that was spent on medical supplies. boardsandphotos
  • Score: 2

6:17pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Ashdevra42 says...

boardsandphotos wrote:
Pablo23 wrote:
boardsandphotos wrote:
Ashdevra42 wrote:
Well that's a bit creepy - offering a dead baby to god?
A baby born due to the lack of available contraception, thus repressing women, keeping them in poverty and denying them basic human rights even in instances of rape?

Yeah she was an inspiration alright....
Keeping people in poverty and suffering served her purposes, and its a scandal that the million of charity money she raised wasn't used to genuinely help these people. Large amounts of it even being funneled back to the obscenely wealthy corrupt Vatigan bank.

Fortunately people are now finding out how evil and corrupt the Catholic Church is.
Yep completely agree, for all the hype she used far more time and energy converting people to Catholisism than she did actually helping people. As you said more money went straight to the vatican bank that was spent on medical supplies.
Maybe in the carving she's asking god "Hey, why did you do this to a baby who never did anything bad to anyone?"

Or maybe not.
[quote][p][bold]boardsandphotos[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pablo23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boardsandphotos[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ashdevra42[/bold] wrote: Well that's a bit creepy - offering a dead baby to god?[/p][/quote]A baby born due to the lack of available contraception, thus repressing women, keeping them in poverty and denying them basic human rights even in instances of rape? Yeah she was an inspiration alright....[/p][/quote]Keeping people in poverty and suffering served her purposes, and its a scandal that the million of charity money she raised wasn't used to genuinely help these people. Large amounts of it even being funneled back to the obscenely wealthy corrupt Vatigan bank. Fortunately people are now finding out how evil and corrupt the Catholic Church is.[/p][/quote]Yep completely agree, for all the hype she used far more time and energy converting people to Catholisism than she did actually helping people. As you said more money went straight to the vatican bank that was spent on medical supplies.[/p][/quote]Maybe in the carving she's asking god "Hey, why did you do this to a baby who never did anything bad to anyone?" Or maybe not. Ashdevra42
  • Score: 1

1:42pm Mon 2 Jun 14

guisselle says...

The truth comes out of the woodwork and unfortunately these things will always
happen unless we educate our young men to respect women more.
The truth comes out of the woodwork and unfortunately these things will always happen unless we educate our young men to respect women more. guisselle
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