The Return of the Prodigal
Walnut, 21.5” x 9” x 5”
The carving was begun
in October 1992 and completed February 13,
Luke 15: 11 -
 And he said,
"There was a man who had two sons;
 and the younger
of them said to his father, `Father, give me the share of property
that falls to me.' And he divided his living between them.
 Not many days
later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into
a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living.
 And when he had
spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began
to be in want.
 So he went and
joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him
into his fields to feed swine.
 And he would
gladly have fed on the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him
 But when he came
to himself he said, `How many of my father's hired servants have
bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger!
 I will arise and
go to my father, and I will say to him, "Father, I have sinned
against heaven and before you;
 I am no longer
worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired
 And he arose and
came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father
saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
 And the son said
to him, `Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am
no longer worthy to be called your son.'
 But the father
said to his servants, `Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on
him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet;
 and bring the
fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry;
 for this my son
was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they
began to make merry.
 "Now his elder
son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he
heard music and dancing.
 And he called
one of the servants and asked what this meant.
 And he said to
him, `Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted
calf, because he has received him safe and sound.'
 But he was angry
and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him,
 but he answered
his father, `Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never
disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid, that I might
make merry with my friends.
 But when this
son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you
killed for him the fatted calf!'
 And he said to
him, `Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.
 It was fitting
to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is
alive; he was lost, and is found.'"