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This Christmas Ornament is a Peter Engler creation. Reproduced in resin from an original woodcarving and hand painted, it is a total Ozark product. It is our hope that this ornament will always add to the spirit of Christmas for you and yours.
The Everlasting Gift – 2000
Every year millions of Christmas gifts are given, some simple some homemade, some elaborate and expensive. A vast amount of time, energy and money is spent providing these gifts. This is part of the magic of season. But these gifts will fade, indeed they will someday return to dust. There is one gift that will remain, which will be everlasting. Of the billions of gifts given, only the first one – The reason for the season – is everlasting. And just think, it was given to you!
Artist: Born September 7, 1932 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Peter Engler began discovering his artistic gifts of drawing and carving at the age of 10. Peter joined the Marine Corps in 1951 and amongst the rigorous routines of the Korean War, Pete would use the little down time he had, pull out his pocketknife, and carve one of his whimsical little people. In 1962, he and his wife Virginia moved to Branson, Missouri from his mother’s art and gift shop in Lakeview, Arkansas and established Mountain Woodcarvers Shop at Silver Dollar City. Pete began to build the foundations needed for the arts and crafts in the budding community of Branson, MO. Since the 1960’s, Pete has owned and operated woodcarving shops of his own in Branson, MO and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. He purchased a warehouse that he re-designed and established as Engler Block. He also co-founded the National Festival of Craftsman and originated Silver Dollar City’s Fall Arts and Crafts Festival, which has been an annual event since 1961. He is now devoting his time to carving his beloved Santas.