|St. Ia on her leaf|
Given all those uncertainties, here's what we can reliably say about her. She was a princess who intended to sail east with a party of Christians who sought to sail west and propagate the faith. She got to the shore and found that they had sailed without her, since she was too young to be helpful. As she stood at the water's edge, a leaf floated over to her. She touched it with a stick and watched as it grew large enough to carry her across the sea.
She reached the destination ahead of the others; her vessel was divinely provided and guided, after all. She founded an oratory on the site of the existing parish church in St. Ives, but was subsequently martyred by the Cornish (Breton?) heathen. The number 777 factors into a couple of accounts: in one, it is the number of her companions; in the other, it is the year of her martyrdom.
|St. Ia by Faust Lang|
|The Austian Oak|
"Austrian oak is much softer than English, but its figuring is not so fine, and American oak is easy to work, but its marking is rather uninteresting, being straight and very plain." Sorry, Arnold.