Celtic Crosses Inspire Local Pastor and Wife

by Austin Arnold   David and Jane Good have a unique fascination and appreciation for the detail and representation of authentic Celtic crosses. The Goods show this through their artistic creations, which are inspired by the Celtic images they have encountered in their travels. David creates images from rubbings when a particular piece resonates in his mind, and Jane embroiders the designs that captivate her.
   It’s more than just a hobby for the Goods; they sell their artwork at various Irish and Scottish festivals throughout the region. Even though many of their creations are up for sale, it’s not necessarily a business either, David said, largely due to the fact that they put so much time and effort into each piece.
   Actually, their Celtic cross interpretations are a much better talking point than anything, as it turns out, and that’s just fine with David. Often, the conversation the crosses create results in someone sharing about their faith, which happens to be another area of David’s expertise, as he has been a minister for 30 years. Currently, David is serving as the interim minister at Bluffton Presbyterian Church.
   “Is it a hobby? Is it a business? I look at it more as a ministry. When we go to an Irish festival, I will typically have someone come up and tell me their whole spiritual journey because of the effect of the art. That’s more personal journey sharing than you get in a church, on a regular basis,” David said. “It’s way too big to be a hobby and it’s not a good business model, but it’s a way to share the art and the spirit of the Celtic journey.”
   David, who grew up on the north side of Detroit, Michigan, first visited Scotland roughly 30 years ago, and immediately he was affected in a very powerful and moving way.
   “[While first visiting Scotland] the land reached up and grabbed me and said, ‘I own you,’ and I have never had that happen before,” David said.
   Fast forward 10 years later, David found himself recently married to his wife, Jane, and wanted to take her someplace special. He knew the perfect place would be to revisit Scotland. When they got there, Jane was “grabbed” by the same force that David had been years before, as she discovered the beauty of the land and culture.
   “We walked into a Celtic graveyard where the gravestones are so magnificent. They are full of artwork and they tell a story, compared to an American graveyard where you have a name, a date and a date [on the gravestone]. It was a powerful experience, and my wife felt that she had to do something with that artwork. It took months for her to figure out it was going to be embroidery, but once she did, she knew that’s what she wanted to do.”
   Now they visit around 10 festivals a year to share their gifts of recreating Celtic crosses in their unique forms. In the past, the Goods have been regulars at the Milwaukee Irish Festival (the largest in the world, according to David), the Dayton Irish Festival and the Dublin (Ohio) Irish Festival. Additionally, they are getting back into visiting various Highland Games held across the region as well, David said.

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