Creative Carpenter Rosary
October 11, 2018
Pucalet – or disk-shaped – beads have always intrigued me for rosaries. I have never seen a rosary with them, but their shape makes praying this rosary a truly singular experience.
The Bayong wood used in this rosary is grown in the Philippines and is a durable hardwood. The grain is readily visible and makes the beads have a shimmering almost tiger-eye-like effect between each grain when held in the light while the matte black agate spacer beads recede into the background.
As the center piece, this rosary has the Miraculous Medal with the Latin inscription “Regina sine labe originali conception O.P.N” (O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us). This medal has a rich history that started with an apparition of Mary to St. Catherine Labouré in which Mary asked that a medal be struck with her image as she appeared in the vision. She promised great graces to all who carry the Miraculous Medal with them or who wear it around their neck. Soon countless miracles and graces were attributed to having the medal and praying for Mary’s intercession.
The crucifix is a small 1.5″ Benedictine crucifix. The Benedictine medal is one of my favorite devotions because it is so epic -the medal is a symbol of protection against demons and temptation and it has the initials of the Latin exorcism inscribed around the outside – “Begone Satan! Never tempt me with your vanities! What you offer me is evil. Drink the poison yourself.” The rest of the symbols on the medal are also well worth a read.
At 16.5 inches long, with 10mm beads, this rosary is roughly the same length as your standard rosary, but because of the shape of the beads, it is bigger. The rosary is assembled in what is called the Heirloom Quality style which means it is strung on 19-strand steel beading wire with crimping beads so it is super strong and will last a lifetime of use. The beading wire is coated and so will not saw through the wood of the beads.
While I do strength test every rosary, it is still a handmade piece and prone to human error. So, should it break, simply gather all the beads you can find and contact me and I’ll gladly repair it for you for free sans shipping and the replacement of major beads