Saturday, July 4, 2015

Hi there world, 
it has been a long long time since i wrote something here on this blog, but i decided that it is time to renew. 
i wanted to tell you all out there that i had finely been able to craft a special prayer wheel that i had in my mind's eye for many years but did not have the right skills and tools to make it. now that i finely have all that i need i managed to get it out to the realm of humans. what makes this prayer wheel special is that only the drum is rotating. the caps, both top and bottom are stationary. 
this is a radical new design and i called it "version 2.0". the reason being that when we started to craft prayer wheels back in 2009, we went through a series of prayer wheel designs. the first one was a prototype, the second was 1.0, the third one was 1.1 and so on. there where some 6 or 7 different designs of prayer wheels until finely i came to a prayer wheel design i liked and since then, all of our prayer wheels are made in the same design (as far as the wood-turning is considered, the art work of Ayelet is different on each one depending on the customer's request).
now, after all these years and some 950 + prayer wheels made, i have a new design and i am super exited! think about it, for thousands of years prayer wheels are made in the same way / design, and now, something new! 
the first one.i made is made from two different hardwoods, the handle and bottom cap + top cap are made from Cherry and the spinning drum is made from Walnut. 
after this prototype was made, and i showed it to a few people, and of course on the Facebook page and got amazing response, i made 4 more. a 7-line prayer one, a Green Tara one and two Mani's.
they are so awesome!
here are the 7-line one and the Green Tara. the Green Tara is made from Walnut hardwood.
many prayer wheels to come!
thank you so much for your time :)
Micha
  

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

H.E. Garchen Ripoche's visit to our prayer wheel making studio

on October of this year, 2013, we were so very lucky to have H.E. Garchen Rinpoche come to teach here in Israel. on the last day he was here, he asked to come and bless our studio, and so we got to spend the day with him as his driver... wow...
on the way to the airport we stopped in our prayer wheel making studio and he preformed a blessing ceremony with the help of his attending monks. it was just unbelievable....
you can enjoy the photos at our Facebook account here:
 
thank you all so much for all your support in our prayer wheel making project!
 
Micha & Ayelet
 

Friday, March 8, 2013

a new prayer wheel video!

Hi everyone,
As a courtesy to our customers we have decided to upload prayer wheel videos to youtube so you could all see the different sizes and various hardwood colors.
 
Enjoy!
 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Prayer Tops!

Hi everyone!

after 4 years of making prayer wheels we finely found the most perfect way to help children spin prayers...
introducing the prayer top!
it is a top made from Maple hardwood and has the Mani mantra burned into the wood, then it gets 3 coats of protective lacquer to last a life time or more... 
all you need to do now is spin!
here is the link to the youtube clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXL5GsA1Znw

enjoy :-)
http://www.galgamaniartproject.com/

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

NEW SITE!!

Hi Everyone!
After 11 months of being on the air with our website, we have today upgraded it to an HTML5 based site which will be much more accessible to search engines!
Thank you all for supporting our project!
Micha & Ayelet Strauss
http://www.galgamaniartproject.com/
 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Phakchok Rinpoche with his prayer wheel

Hi everyone,
as promised, here are photos of Rinpoche with his new prayer wheel. it is a 500,000 7-line prayer of  Guru Rinpoche on microfilm, and is made from 2 kinds of hardwoods, Maple and Walnut.
will upload some more from the teaching hall soon :-)
enjoy!



enjoy!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Phakchok Rinpoche Israel 2012

Hi everyone,

We were so very fortunate to have had Phakchok Rinpoche come to our little tiny country and give us precious teachings...
Here is a photo of him with my private prayer wheel which he loved so much :-)
on the last day, he called me and Ayelet to his room and asked us to make a special prayer wheel for him, one that has not been made before, it contained 500'000 7-line prayers of Guru Rinpoche inside on microfilm and was made from 2 different types of hardwood, handle and drum from Maple and both caps from Walnut. 
We went home that night and in the morning, I came in to the studio and lathed the wheel. By 11:30 it was coated with lacquer, and by 14:30 it was ready for delivery! It was with no doubt the fastest prayer wheel we ever made! By 15:30 we gave it to Rinpoche... he was so happy! 
Photos will be uploaded soon :-)

Micha Strauss

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Mahogany Hardwood Mani Prayer Wheel

Hi everyone,

This is a new prayer wheel that was made from Mahogany hardwood. till not so long ago we could not make prayer wheels from this hardwood because when I lathe this kind of wood, it produces a fine red dust instead of wood chips like any other wood. This red fine dust settles on EVERYTHING.... so before we had our studio, this was not possible...

Now, we can make these beautiful prayer wheels!

Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

New Prayer Wheel Testimonial Button

Hi everyone!
just wanted to tell you that we added a "Prayer Wheel Testimonial" button to our website.
may you all enjoy the kind words our customers have sent us over the years...
Micha & Ayelet Strauss
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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Studio Is Making Prayer Wheels!

Hi everyone! 
the first 5 prayer wheels have been made in our new studio! this is amazing!! thank you all for all your support. non of this could have been accomplished without your help :-)