One of the really big advantages of having a shop at home is that one can work pretty much all the time. My practice has been to work regular business hours on commissioned work, and to work after hours on original sculpture. I hope you enjoy the tour. If there’s any you want to know more about, let me know.
A local resident left part of her estate to establish a children’s reading garden in the rapidly developing Delaware County Library System. I am honored to have been the first selected. I hope my work inspires young readers for generations to come.
I thank the Delaware County Library for their complete gift of artistic freedom. This piece was an unusual pleasure to create.
The kiss; the two sides unite.
The hammer blow… from thus, this. Magic. Reality. Here.
The exploring fish, unnerved… a marvel of the mysterious sea.
Forest spirits making sure the gold of legends is taken care of… and one of the Leprechauns has given up his duty for a higher cause.
There was something about carving this large apple core that I found relaxing. It was an unusually enjoyable job.
The original model, enlarged 1000% and carved in stone, with a forged steel stem and leaf. Very cool commission.
My favorite 1/4″ chisel doing it’s thing on the rough out, right behind Mr. Grinder doing its.
Almost fully roughed in; carving until late at night again. Some days I have to chase myself out of the studio.
Now, how do you flip a 2000 pound stone apple over? You roll it over with your forklift, of course.
Upside down and that big it almost doesn’t look like an apple anymore. Rough out is complete.
I have refined the texture of the skin, and have eaten the apple and done my best to record the result. Time to bite into the stone.
I considered biting deeply enough to expose a seed, but decided against it.
Maryann, my wife Wendy, and I had a good day traveling to Bokenkamp’s Forge near Mohican State Park, where we watched Mark forging the stem and leaf. The stem is wrought iron, the leaf cold steel.
Mark has welded a handle to the stem for handling, and does the final shaping by hand on the anvil. Even white hot it takes some serious hammering to bend a piece this thick.
The most beautiful apple stem imaginable.
The leaf, just getting started. I love the image of the burning leaf that won’t burn.
The finished apple, ready for delivery. I can’t wait to see it on it’s granite base! Delivery is scheduled for next week. It’s very cold this week; I hope it gets above single digits next week.
Maryann with the granite base, freshly planted. The column was buried in a yard near Powell, Ohio, for decades. No one knows why. It was made before diamond saws were used to cut granite, as the bottom and top are distinctly hand-tooled. The column has been in place for the last few months. By the end of spring it will look like it’s always been there. Thanks Maryann!
Angela Meleca Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, hosts Downtown Head and my paintings, including 8-12-2013 in the window.
Angela and Dale, after a successful installation. This piece is available. Shipment to anywhere, no problem.
The tradition of the colossal head is one that includes all eras and all cultures, and has always been a form of honor to the subject. This head is on a bearing, and can be turned by any passing citizen.
Making the great accessible is what it’s all about.
Fully looking in- or away- it depends on where you see it from, Downtown Head gets attention either way.
I’ve always liked this shot of the sculpture and its reflection. This is Downtown Columbus, within a couple blocks of the Statehouse. Very site relevant.
Yes, driving big round things around requires a bit of preparation. I love the expressions of people as they pass me on the highway.
In the studio, ready for delivery.
Henry the St. Bernard is obviously impressed. Floored, really.
Rough out complete; the form begins to take shape.
Rough out complete.
It is critical to work at the right height. The back and shoulders and arms and hands and legs take a beating badly enough without complicating it by working too high or too low.
I like to put a head in a block kitty corner. It helps to orient myself that way.
At this stage I almost went for the Bishop’s Hat look, but that wasn’t what I was after. But it always helps to keep an open mind, right?
In the beginning, there was the first chip. It takes a lot of chips to get ahead.
I was commissioned to create the focal sculpture for an Ohio park dedicated to our nation’s fallen First Responders. I created hundreds of different images of people doing very ordinary things; all of the poses are the sorts of things we all do every day, from walking the dog to playing a trumpet. I wanted to convey that any of us could have been targeted that day. Being asked to create a memorial sculpture for an event like 9/11 is beyond an honor; I felt an obligation to not only those that died that day, but to those of us living and doing our best not to forget. Working as a public sculptor is to be part of a memorial tradition as old as civilization.
Several of the first responders from New York’s Fire and Police departments came for the dedication.
The figures were each first drawn on paper, and then cut from sheet wax, which was then shaped and cast in stainless steel. Each stainless plate was then welded to the others to create a large steel “flame”.
Because the final sculpture has so many edges to catch the cover, a custom canvas cover was made to the right shape. After a few test runs the officer in charge of the unveiling figured out a technique, and the unveiling at the ceremony came off with no struggles.
The Honor Guard stood at attention for nearly an hour, amazingly motionlessly. They conveyed everything such an effort is expected to convey, and then some.
The architecture, lighting, granite, and fountain works were done by others, and they all did a fantastic job. Thanks guys!
These photos were all taken at the dedication by my daughter Amber, then fifteen.
If I remember, later I will crop this picture.
The piece at night casts amazing shadows on the entire area, and shimmers as the lights pass through the rippling water.
Comfest is a big deal in Columbus, Ohio. Each summer volunteers put on three days of music, activist opportunities, and fun. Last year the organizers decided to add sculpture and asked me to participate. I had these pieces left over from roughing out an earlier piece, and drilled them and glued in steel pins on one end. They were easy to plunge into the soft ground to build ever changing sculptures, some made by me alone, others with the help of the festival goers.
For three days I made a constantly evolving piece, with the help of the community. It was a lot of fun, and there were some interesting conversations and interactions. Doing Art in public is a riot.
The square gave way to the circle., one piece at a time. Each post weighs about thirty pounds. At the end of each day I was definitely feeling it.
This piece was done by gently tossing the posts through the air and letting them land as they may. I wish I had taken a video of this one. Several of us plucking the posts from the circle and tossing them around. Good times. Would have made great video.
This version is so relaxed it almost looks drunken.
After I had completed this one, a man approached and performed an amazing feat- he leaped them al, on after the other, without stopping and without blowing a single landing.
It was hilarious to watch the would-be ninjas try to balance on these structures, clearly a bit buzzed… not.
My friend Ashley came by (wonderful painter) and asked if I would do him as a chalk outline. He got way more than he asked for. No bumping the sculpture allowed!
And then he managed to crawl out without disturbing a single stone. Go Ashley!
Now ask yourself- how did he get out of there? Not for the faint of heart. He was VERY slow about it, I must say.
That is all balance, and in a very public and crowded space. Majestic, it was. And all by eye. No measuring tools were used throughout the festival.
This one occupied the most space and took the longest time to make. Very tricky- and very cool.
This subtle piece was done by a volunteer. I dig it.
Peace, Art, and good times on a summer day. Wonderful.
Ihad a great time. Thanks Comfest. What for next year, eh?
Maryann and myself went the quarry and picked out the right block. Maryann wants a lips sculpture, and I have suggested a burgundy sandstone. We had a good time going to the quarry in northeast Ohio, through Amish country. It was a beautiful Fall day.
I carved a 1/2 scale model in styrofoam before beginning anything in the stone.
After drilling a series of holes, I put in the pins and feathers and split off the excess. Yes, it’s a damn nice drill.
I enlarged the apex points of the model to create the drawing. The dark color on the pencil lines is the hair spray I use to secure the pencil line; otherwise it will blow away when I blow the dust off the stone as I carve it.
I have drilled and cut and chiseled in a good bit. All is well.
Carving complete. I’m going to miss those lips.
To hold the lips above grass level so they seem to float over the lawn, I made a stainless steel “shadow” of the lips. This will also keep plants from growing under it.
Floating over a stainless steel plate on stainless pins, the piece will be placed in a meadow setting, and will appear to float just over the ground, always, all seasons, long, long, long. A slight smile, recorded. Thanks Maryann!
This is a prime example of carving from a model using the Renaissance measuring tool called the macchianetti di punto. This is me forever, standing on top of it all, carved in stone. And I can do the same for you.
Every little bit counts. Accuracy is everything.
The fish were carved in the coldest days of winter, and i wore my warmest gear while carving. After I’d finished with the fish I went for a wander and threw them around for the coyotes.
And a good laugh was had…
Great shot of what things are like in the studio. I SO remember these days. I knew I was on a roll.
This too. what a fun shot. Who gets to carve stone like this?
This piece is forever carved in s=tone and an example of what a stone portrait can be. this is me. Pay me to do you, and I will, to the best of my ability.
My brother Dan, has long supported my work He has several of my paintings and a sculpture, and he commissioned this clock. He collects clocks, and he wanted a working stone grandfather clock. I had a blast with this. When I figure out how to share sound on a web site I’ll put up a recording of the clock ringing. Unlike any grandfather clock you have ever heard!
The face is cast bronze, and the hands are cast stainless steel. The clock keeps accurate time, so long as it gets wound reghularly, and it does get wound regularly.
One of the few professional shots I’ve ever had taken. This needs no words, as they say, but that’s never stopped me before. The door is 1″ thick, and I wanted it to be as light-tight as possible. My machinist friend came up with a form of sliding hinges, so the door pulls strait out til it is clear of the stone, and then swings. Maybe I’ll remember to have Dan send me pics of the hinges.
There is a light operated by a switch that Dan has located in the head. He’s also light-proofed the back. Well done, Dan!
Here is the clock at home. A once in a lifetime project, one so once in a lifetime that I knew even at the time. Thanks, Dan.