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Our 2016 Ornament

Timber Ridge School is pleased to present our 2016 Collectible Ornament entitled:

The Winds of Winter

“A great source of inspiration for my paintings has been the work of the highly esteemed author and historian, Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr. His new best-selling biography, Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend, is no exception. His vivid description of Jackson's winter expedition from Winchester to Romney, West Virginia, was the primary inspiration for The Winds of Winter.”

The campaign began on January 1, 1862, on a deceptively spring-like day. Many of the inexperienced soldiers chose to leave behind their overcoats. That afternoon, a northwest wind began blowing and the temperatures soon plummeted. The hardships increased along with the bitter cold. The men suffered from lack of food and from inadequate clothing and shelter. Over the course of the two-week march, the troops experienced the most arduous conditions imaginable, including almost impassable roads, freezing temperatures and unrelenting snow, wind, sleet and rain. The horses also struggled. “Icicles of blood hung from the horses,” states Dr. Robertson in Stonewall Jackson.

Directing the grueling march was General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, the Old Testament-style warrior who, by sheer force of his willpower and personality, was able to drive men to do what was considered impossible. The torch held by one of Jackson's aides shows the army strung out across the wintry landscape, and illustrates how far they still have to travel to reach bivouac. This heroic struggle against the elements is what I have tried to portray in The Winds of Winter.

~ Mort Künstler

Mr. Künstler has been a very generous supporter of Timber Ridge School since 1996 and we can’t thank him enough for his partnership and dedication to the students and families we serve.

Because we are committed to giving back, we are proud to contribute to Timber Ridge School. We value the relationship we have with them and the work their staff does for kids in the community.
— Jim and Kim Stutzman, Jim Stutzman Chevrolet-Cadillac
Mort Künstler Ornament

Click here to order the limited edition ornament today. 

All proceeds from the sale of ornaments are earmarked for the improvement of student programs and facilities.

Thank you for your interest in our Mort Künstler Collectible Ornaments. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 877-877-3026 or development@trschool.org.