These carved stone urns feature a reproduction of the historic home’s street address, carved into the limestone entry. Part of the joy of being an artist that specializes in commissions is working with the client to make each piece unique and personal.
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 […]
This sculpture was commissioned as a gift by my daughter’s graduating class of 2012, Wellington School. It is in memory of a schoolmate that died of brain cancer when the students were in kindergarten. Caroline was a playful girl, and loved the outdoors. As a father, the honor was enormous. That class was full of […]
This plaque was commissioned by a man whose back was broken (causing a total paralysis of my client) by an overzealous security guard at a local retailer who mistakenly thought the man that commissioned this was shoplifting. My client grew up in Amish country in Pennsylvania and asked for an image he could look at […]
An example of how a bit of color can give a dramatic touch to a carved logo.
This plaque went to Pennsylvania somewhere- I had hoped to remember to ask the client to send a pic of it after it was installed in his stone barn’s wall, but, alas, I got busy and forgot to ask. I hope it looks good a decade + later.
This Mile Marker stands on the client’s ancestral home, and is accurate to the members of his family still in the area. Very cool. The form and stone are accurate to the original National Highway Markers of Highway 40.
After two weeks installing the arches on this amazing Bermuda home I had the better part of a day to kill before the plane left for home, so I carved this frog for the homeowner’s kids. Not every contractor tips his client- but this one deserved it. Thanks for a great couple weeks in paradise!
These limestone urns are each unique on close inspection. They are based on the concept of Earth, Air, Water, and Fire, and the handles reveal the distinctions. This is one of the Air handles. This is the handle on the other side of Air. Water, brilliantly carved by Matthew Palmer. I included this extra shot […]
These formal urns are based on a Greek original, but are unique and personal to the owners. Each Happy little gargoyle says “good morning” to the home every day. Except the grumpy one. Fun and having fun are a huge part of the commissioning process. Have fun with the process! Nestled in among the leaves, […]
This large urn was a joy to carve. I figured out that I could epoxy pins in the raw blank so long as the hole didn’t reach the finished piece. While this was being carved the epoxied in pins on each side acted like an axle and I could rotate the piece at will. I […]
This patio of Rhyton Tables is one of my earliest large commissions, and it was a blast to explore. Each piece was left to me to conceive, but each was carved by Matthew Palmer. Matthew started working with me when he was nineteen. This was a few years into our association. He’s only gone beyond […]
One of my first commissions. This is the balance for an almost symmetrical sculpture located on the other wing of the entry, which was based on the Lion and the Lamb parable of the Bible. This is the Kitten and the Ram. From youth to age? And this is the lion and the lamb. This […]
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 […]
These Gargoyles are now in a high rise condo in the Miami area. I have not yet received finish pics, and it’s been almost ten years… so the best I can do is share them as they were when they left the shop on a bright summer day. Sometimes terrible light makes fora nicely dramatic […]
This very hard limestone waited over two hundred and twenty million years to become this chessboard. I wish I had made one for myself. I bet it’s a gas to play on.
This simple Tudor fireplace works very well in this richly paneled den.
Although it is fun and always an adventure, one drawback of working out of town is not having ready access to the finished home for photographs of the installed piece. Here you can see the use of a thick hearth, and the use of natural cleft black slate to help make the small size of […]
This heavily textured fireplace harkens back to ages long since past. Roman times. This limestone is filled with very hard fossils, and therefore takes the texturing process similar to the way it would take the evolutionary process of geological deterioration. Original Design by Dale Johnson Columbus Limestone, Steel It’s always a pleasure to work with […]
This master bedroom fireplace was designed by the homeowner- it was fun to collaborate on something that she might otherwise never have had the chance to do. Shout out! This photo was taken right after the completion of the installation. I bet it looks a lot better now that it’s been lived in for a […]
This was one of my first fireplace designs, from the early 90′s. I still like the radical keystone. Knowing how much better I can carve oak leaves now, twenty years later… we measure progress based on small advances, don’t we?