Seems a Shame to Bury This

Screen Shot 2013-07-22 at 4.15.48 PMI don’t believe that burying a statue of St. Joseph in the yard will help sell the house …but I may order this anyway, because the wee trestle workbench and plane are so darn cute. And it would look great alongside my Roy Underhill bobblehead.

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21 Responses to Seems a Shame to Bury This

  1. Mark says:

    Sandals???? In a wood shop?? c’mon now.

  2. lostartpress says:

    A few notes here:

    1. My wife, an atheist, buried one in our Lexington home’s yard in order to sell it.
    2. You have a Catholic Store near you in Maderia – it’s by the Starbucks and Freida’s bakery. No need to order one. Go get one. And an almond croissant. And a misto. All good.
    3. Chances are Joseph’s workbench would have been more Romany-y. As would have been his plane. But overall, I’ve seen worse (See: Noah’s workbench at the Creation Museum).

  3. frpaulas says:

    OH! I must own this! (the statuary, not your house). It will be PERFECT next to my Pope John Paul II whiskey decanter (take his miter off and pour).

  4. ejcampbell says:

    DON’T DO IT. Awful awful kitsch.

  5. Rick Lapp says:

    They’re not sandles, they’re Jesus sneakers! Don’t forget to hang a rosary on the rosΓ© bush to ensure nice weather the night before your daughter’s wedding! rick

  6. mike mays says:

    I used a statue that someone loaned me, it worked cuz I sold the house, after a bidding war. it wasn’t as elaborate as yours, just a little gray saint Joe statue with some dirt caked on it. returned it once escrow closed. you should do it!
    But I like this statue for the woodworking point of view. where do I get one?

    • fitz says:

      Do a Google search for “St. Joseph the Worker” and you’ll come up with it on a number of Catholic supplies sites (and Amazon, of course).

  7. Gerald Jones says:

    There’s quite a resemblance to your former co-worker Chris S. The only diff is he isn’t a saint. Maybe you could bury him instead with better luck………..

    • fitz says:

      Pretty sure that would bring an endless string of bad luck – of course, I then wouldn’t have to worry about housing; it would be provided.

  8. Jesse says:

    Is there a “Jesus the Joiner” to complete the set?

  9. edfurlong says:

    Having come from a devout Roman Catholic family in the Northeast, I have to say My skepticism has been assailed with testimonials to the efficacy of the practice (I withhold judgment), but what concerns me more is the lousy posture St. Joe demonstrates for planing. If I modeled myself after this model father of traditional teaching, I’d be in traction! Burying St. Joe may have irrevocable impacts on chiropractic.

    Great site by the way, Megan.

  10. Wow, I’ve never seen one at a bench before.
    Growing up in a catholic family I knew lots of people who did this and recalled it had to be upside down and facing a certain way. So I just googled around for the steps which you might get a kick out of:
    http://www.st-josephstatue.com/st_joseph.htm

    Good luck.

  11. Patrick says:

    Just remember to dig him up and give him a place of honor in your new home.

  12. jonathanszczepanski says:

    My kids go to school at St. Joseph’s. It’s one of the reason I have been able to go into the art class and do some woodworking with them. One of the arguments that it was a good idea was the fact that their is a life size statue in the front of the school of Joseph carrying a frickin’ frame saw!

  13. neatherywise says:

    I have a small San Jose Retablo (give me a break, I grew up in New Mexico) hanging in my shop. Across from it, I have a Buddy Christ on the window sill. Looking at Joseph the Worker and Jesus the Joiner, I think I need the whole set to join Buddy Christ.

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