The picture is of a platter celebrating my parents 60th wedding anniversary. There are 60 spokes or rays in the platter symbolizing their 60 years together. My wife and I have vacationed to the southwest numerous times, and I have collected samples of southwest wood on these trips, frequently to her embarrassment. When I was a child, our family spent the WW2 years all over the southwest, so I incorporated many of these collected woods into the platter. There is a uniquely mid-west kind of toughness (stubborness?) that my parents had in abundance. The center yin/yang figure is of desert ironwood and osage orange, which are both really tough native woods. I felt these two woods captured that essence of their union. One of their grandsons asked my dad "Grandpa, have you ever considered divorce?" To which my dad replied "No, never. Murder a few times, but never divorce."
The is a picture of a present to our daughter Kimberly when she graduated from
seminary. The platter is a celtic cross inlaid with silver on a East
Indian Rosewood platter. The chalice is a rosewood cross wrapped
around a spun silver goblet. The cross design is based on the old
celtic cross, but in a more contemporary style. This captures one of the key features of Kim's ministry. She is firmly rooted in the traditions of
the past, but she has updated them to meet the needs of today.