Hand-carved stone custom school mascot sculptures are a specialty of stone sculptor Dale Johnson. His mascots are in schools and stadiums across the midwest. Any mascot can be carved in limestone- and they all bring the sense of pride that only natural hand carved stone can bring. Class gifts, alumni donations, or a planned focal sculpture… and all of the above. Let us help you bring your mascot to life!
This playful dragon and leprechaun nestled into their forest home with great reluctance. Somewhere are the photos of the stuck forklift, the winches and chains, the attempts to no need a helicopter to save the day.
Oh, the diabolical plot. Oh, the misunderstanding.
Listen buddy, if you think you can discuss the details of a complicated artistic commission over coffee… on my dime…
These panthers, one called “Life of the Mind” and one called “Life of the Body”, had to be removed from their original outdoor location due to vandalism. This shot is taken in their present location. The concept and overall design are by Dale Johnson, but the models and carving were done by Matthew Palmer during his long stay with Old World.
It is satisfying to know that thousands of photographs of the beautiful panthers exist. I look forward to being asked to do an eagle, or whatever is next. I like working for schools.
This one, “Life of th Body”, has always impressed me with its tense pose, so catlike and so observant. Go Hanover!
I had so much fun making this frog. I knew (and know) it would be part of this community long after I’m dead, even as I made it. This is one of many such projects, but in a weird way this one is unique. This frog is communally owned, and I got to make it. Very cool.
I hope it maintains the attitude I intended through all the generations that see and touch it. I hope I am not among the last of the makers.
From my generation to the ones to come, all of them… hand made is good, and I hope I help inspire you to try too.
Yes, I made this, and yes, I would love to do something similar again. Call if you have an idea and you want to collaborate.
The frog was commissioned by the Kiwanis Club of Dublin, Ohio, to commemorate the oldest annual frog jump contest in Ohio.
Oh, Heck yes,I do remember Spring. I sure do, and I hope young hands shake hands with the frog for at least the next several hundred years.
Carved by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving., this bulldog has stood ground outside the Union Building of Butler University since 1996. I have since done many more projects for Butler over the years. Matthew stayed with me for a few more years, and now maintains a successful sculpture studio of his own.
I had made a steel template equal to the size and shape of his paws, and I bush-hammered paw prints into the concrete. I was there in 2013, and there were a line of kids waiting to get their picture taken with it. They tell me it’s like that every year.
Thanks Butler, for the many projects over the years, and for all the well wishes the students have given out! I’ve since done several more Bulldog Mascots, and I always enjoy working with universities and schools.
This was such a gas! The architect of the building commissioned me, without anyone else’s knowledge, to do a Stinger gargoyle in honor of the Columbus professional hockey team, and to install it late on a Saturday when nobody was around. He arranged a key for the lift, water access, electric… it was a total commando installation. I SO understand the thrill of graffiti artists after that experience. The piece made the front page of the dispatch. I should find that and add it to this post.
The stainless steel blades of the skates are still shiny, now more than a decade on. If you want something personal for your building, well, let me know.
Which will last longer? The Columbus Blue Jackets or this “Gargoyle”?
This big dog was at the max that I could unload when I brought the block home; 6,000 pounds. I almost had to roll it off the truck. Thankfully, a block gets lighter as it becomes a caqrving, so there you go. No problem. This shot was taken during the construction of the school. I need to send them a request for a better pic. BUT- you know you are dealing with the real deal, the fella that makes this stuff, himself.
I had a blast with this guys expression. It’s high school. Isn’t over the top exactly what they want?
Built to last. I love working for and with schools. Young people are of most importance, right?
Originally built just after World War Two, the Atherton Union was originally ornamented with a series of carvings similar to these, which were commissioned when the building we remodeled in the mid-1990’s.
I designed and myself and the crew carved an additional eighteen decorative panels for the new addition. Each one was different, but also part of a related pair.
The originals seemed to have a facial character, so I tried to bring that into the design a bit.
The pairs are related by their organic structure more than anything else. They are meant to blend in with the original building, and they do.
Adding my own touch to a major University is an honor. I have done several projects with Butler, and evry time I visit the campus I am struck by what a clean and cool place it is. I am proud to be part of the campus.
These are from the original building, and demonstrate the style I was asked to emulate.