Paschal Baylon (1540-92) was a Franciscan lay brother. Born on the border of Castile and Aragon of a poor shepherd family, he tended flocks as a youth. In his early twenties, he joined his religious order. His charity to the poor and afflicted and his humility and courtesy were extraordinary even by Franciscan standards. He worked as a gardener, doorkeeper, and cook, feeding the other friars and vast numbers of the poor who came to the door of the friary. His ability as a baker and cook–his capacity to take simple ingredients and make delicious food–became legendary. Poorly educated, his counsel was sought by the rich and poor alike. In this image, Paschal is shown at work in his kitchen, assisted by St. Martha, another patron of cooks (her image is in the tiny niche on the mantle).
This one of a kind piece is hand carved by American artist Hank Schlau and hand painted by his wife Karen Schlau. Made of durable material that can be displayed both indoors and outdoors.
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|By:||Diana Laughlin (East Liverpool, OH, February 9, 2014)|
|Review:||This is a beautiful, solid, heavy figurine. I was very impressed with the quality of it when I took it out of the box. I love the bronze color. The carving is well done. While the arms are a little long & the feet too small in relation to his body, I think this adds to its charm. I have mine hanging above my kitchen sink. I will probably buy more items made by Hank Schlau.