Ora et Labora Extraordinaire

Convicted forger A. Schiller was serving his time in Sing Sing prison in the late 1800s when guards found him dead in his cell. 
On his body they found seven regular straight pins whose heads measured the typical 47/1000ths of an inch or 1.17 millimetres in diameter.

Under a 500 x magnification it was found that the tiny etchings seen on the heads of the pins were the words to The Lord's Prayer, which is 65 words and 254 letters long. 

Of the seven pins, six were silver and one was gold - the gold pin's prayer was flawless and a true masterpiece. 

Schiller had spent the last 25 years of his life creating the pins, using a tool too small to be seen by the naked eye. 

It is estimated that it took 1,863 separate carving strokes to make it. 
No surprise that Schiller went blind because of his artwork.

What a  wonderful example of The Spirit of St Benedict's Rule:
  "Ora et labora ", pray and work !!

Story and photo from Amazing Facts


Anonymous said...

Wow, quite a story. I can't think of anything that could be better or more worth while to contemplate on.

Philomena Ewing said...

Hi Andie,
Glad to have you visit and thanks for your comment. Yes,it really is mind boggling and reminds me to put ordinary problems into perspective.