Jackson Dragon

Indiana LimestoneCarved by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving.
Indiana Limestone
Carved by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving.

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.

Indiana LimestoneCarved by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving.
Indiana Limestone
Carved by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving.

Oh, the diabolical plot. Oh, the misunderstanding.

Indiana LimestoneCarved by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving.
Indiana Limestone
Carved by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving.

Listen buddy, if you think you can discuss the details of a complicated artistic commission over coffee… on my dime…

Indiana LimestoneCarved by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving.
Indiana Limestone
Carved by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving.

Oh no, of course that’s not what you meant.

Indiana LimestoneCarved by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving.
Indiana Limestone
Carved by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving.

Ok… Another couple hundred years… but that’s it!

Hanover Panthers

Hanover Panthers
Indiana Limestone
Life Size
Hanover University, Indiana

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.

 

Hanover Panthers
Indiana Limestone
Life Size
Hanover University, Indiana

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.

Hanover Panthers
Indiana Limestone
Life Size
Hanover University, Indiana

This one, “Life of th Body”, has always impressed me with its tense pose, so catlike and so observant. Go Hanover!

 

Dublin Kiwanis Frog

Dublin Kiwanis Frog
Bronze, Limestone
5′ x 4′ x 42″

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.

Dublin Kiwanis Frog
Bronze, Limestone
5′ x 4′ x 42″

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.

Dublin Kiwanis Frog
Bronze, Limestone
5′ x 4′ x 42″

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.

Dublin Kiwanis Frog
Bronze, Limestone
5′ x 4′ x 42″

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.

Dublin Kiwanis Frog
Bronze, Limestone
5′ x 4′ x 42″

The frog was commissioned by the Kiwanis Club of Dublin, Ohio, to commemorate the oldest annual frog jump contest in Ohio.

Dublin Kiwanis Frog
Bronze, Limestone
5′ x 4′ x 42″

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.

Butler Bulldog

Butler Bulldog
Indiana Limestone
4′ x 3′ x 30″

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.

Butler Bulldog
Indiana Limestone
4′ x 3′ x 30″

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.

 

Butler Bulldog
Indiana Limestone
4′ x 3′ x 30″

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.

Stinger

Stinger
Indiana Limestone
30″ x 15″ x 15″

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.

Stinger
Indiana Limestone
30″ x 15″ x 15″

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.

Stinger
Indiana Limestone
30″ x 15″ x 15″

Which will last longer? The Columbus Blue Jackets or this “Gargoyle”?

Dublin-Coffman 1999 Class Gift

Dublin Coffman Class Gift of 1999
Bronze, Steel, Wood
9′ x 6′ x 5′

I was commissioned to do a sculpture in memorium of a classmate who had died. The school mascot was the shamrock, so we settled on that.

Dublin Coffman Class Gift of 1999
Bronze, Steel, Wood
9′ x 6′ x 5′

Being part of this is, as is so often the case, an emotional thing. The fund raising, the updates on progress… it is always emotional for me too, to do this kind of work.

Dublin Coffman Class Gift of 1999
Bronze, Steel, Wood
9′ x 6′ x 5′

When the work is made by hand, intentionally, there is no mistaking the intent. And I am grateful to share the raison d’etre, anytime.

Lapel High School Bulldog

Lapel High School Bulldog
Indiana Limestone, Granite
5′ x 5′ x 5′

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.

Lapel High School Bulldog
Indiana Limestone, Granite
5′ x 5′ x 5′

I had a blast with this guys expression. It’s high school. Isn’t over the top exactly what they want?

Lapel High School Bulldog
Indiana Limestone, Granite
5′ x 5′ x 5′

Built to last. I love working for and with schools. Young people are of most importance, right?

Butler University Book

Butler University Book
Indiana Limestone
3′ x 24″ x 6″
Senior class gift

Ive been part of the Butler University campus since 2006, and have done several projects with the campus.

Butler University Book
Indiana Limestone
3′ x 24″ x 6″
Senior class gift

To Butler students and faculty… Thank you.

Crown Point High School Bulldog

Ceown Point Bulldog
Indiana Limestone
4′ x 3′ x 30″

Theis bulldog was commissioned by Crown {oint High School, and I tried to make the bulldog young and feisty.

Crown Point Bulldog
Indiana Limestone
4′ x 3′ x 30″

A little bulldog attitude. I love school mascot pieces!

Crown Point Bulldog Indiana Limestone
4′ x 3′ x 30″

This shot of the football player checking out the new mascot is priceless

Butler University Atherton Union Building Expansion

Butler University Atherton Union Building Expansion
Original Designs by Dale Johnson in keeping with the Original Carvings
24″ x 12″ x 8″
(two of eighteen added to the building)

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.

Butler University Atherton Union Building Expansion
Original Designs by Dale Johnson in keeping with the Original Carvings
24″ x 12″ x 8″
(two of eighteen added to the building)

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.

Butler University Building Union Expansion
Original Designs by Dale Johnson in keeping with the Original Carvings
24″ x 12″ x 8″
(two of eighteen added to the building)

The originals seemed to have a facial character, so I tried to bring that into the design a bit.

Butler University Building Union Expansion
Original Designs by Dale Johnson in keeping with the Original Carvings
24″ x 12″ x 8″
(two of eighteen added to the building)

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.

Butler University Building Union Expansion
Original Designs by Dale Johnson in keeping with the Original Carvings
24″ x 12″ x 8″
(two of eighteen added to the building)

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.

Butler University Building Union Expansion
 Original Carvings
24″ x 12″ x 8″ 

These are from the original building, and demonstrate the style I was asked to emulate.