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Student of Tinwork

February 13, 2011
Tin Votive Sconces
Created by Fr. George Aquaro

My brother Jason just received the highest compliment on his How-To Tinwork DVD.  He was sent this photo from Fr. George Aquaro  who created this pair of votive sconces after watching Jason’s videos!  The whole family was just so amazed and touched by Fr. Aquaro’s work and it is a real testament to Jason’s knack for teaching to see that a novice could create these beautiful pieces.  Now, to be fair to Fr. Aquaro, he must be an artistic, crafty and handy person to begin with.  This is not one of the patterns that Jason demonstrates (to my knowledge).  So, Fr, Aquaro must have designed not only the construction, but the stamp work patterns that appear on these pieces.  So, although I do see this as a testament to Jason’s innate teaching ability, as Jenny Craig would say in fine print, “Results Not Typical,”  lol.  So, Fr. Aquaro has done an exceptional job of absorbing the techniques and concepts taught in Jason’s video and assimilated it into original works of art.  I especially love the quilted backboard, something Jason was working on just the other day for a nicho.  It will reflect the light of the flame beautifully, I’m sure.

I immediately requested to post Fr. Aquaro’s story here and he graciously obliged in addition to sending a testimonial:

I have never worked with tin or sheet metal before.  Jason’s videos helped me overcome my hesitation at working with sheet metal, and has opened a whole new world of art that I really thought was outside my abilities.  His clear and thorough instructions guided me right through the process, from design and aesthetics to construction and finishing.  After watching Jason’s videos and getting a few simple tools, I was able to start working with tin from the local hardware store.  My friends are now making requests for pieces even though I have only been at it a few weeks.  I highly recommend Jason’s video series to anyone who wants to learn a new and fun art form that can be as beautiful as it is practical.  Thank you, Jason!

Fr. George Aquaro
Los Angeles, CA

He goes on to explain that the dimensions of his work is constrained by the fact that he is using rolls of 12″ flashing from his local hardware store.  Jason offers larger sheets locally.

I noted his email address and followed it to his website where he supports the tradition of baking Prosphora.  I had to Wiki it.  It is the term for the bread baked for the Eucharist, marked with a seal.  He has video instructions and recipes to bake the Prosphora.  But, I was particularly taken with the section on the bread stamps or seals.  These are urathane molds used to mark the bread before baking with a variety of Greek, Russian or iconic images.  I believe Fr. Aquaro casts these himself.  I’m not sure what the rules are for the general public using these molds (it seems there are varying rules as to who can bake the bread), but there is an example how someone used one of the molds to cast a plate, so it seems you can use the casts for other purposes.  Although, I would think the resulting piece should be respectfully spiritual in nature.  The images from the stamps are very lovely and I think there would be lots of creative things to do with them.  Here’s (appropriately) the stamp of Saint George:

Saint George prosphora

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Thank you Fr. Aquaro for sharing your work with us.  Keep it up!