Dale Johnson Architectural Work

Butler University Memorial Columbarium

Butler Memorial Bulldog

This is a photo of Blue, Butler University’s mascot. Butler has been a champion basketball team for generations, and I have had the honor of doing several projects for the university. The latest was a columbarium to hold the ashes of all past and future mascots. I was commissioned to do a sculpture for the […]

Long Street Entry Canopy

Long Street Apartments

  Steel impersonating stained glass. My daughter Amber worked with templates and creativity to design the layout for the canopy. It was fun to have her in the shop. Although we had the wood burning stove cranking hot, it was still a very cold winter. Fun in the shop with Amber! The completed design, ready […]

Mythical Creatures

Indiana Limestone
7'-6" x 4'-6" x 12"
Lewis Center, Ohio
Delaware County Library System

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. […]

Weiss Entry

Weiss Entry
Kansas Limestone
Based on a design by Sir Edwin Lutyens
14" x 9'

This was one of my first commissions after going solo. The homeowner wanted the door a foot wider than Lutyens’ design, so I got to extend the carvings. This is what it feels like to stand on the landing and ring the doorbell. Including the steps, this entry is just under tewnty feet tall.  It’s […]

Mathur Fireplace

Mathur Fireplace 
Kansas Limestone, Pennsylvania Black Slate
6'-6" x 5'-4" x 30"

This enormous header required some extensive planning to install. Originally over three thousand pounds, I hollowed it out so that it was “only” 1200 pounds when we installed it. The header, seen before we installed it. I drilled a hole at exactly the balance point and passed a chain through so that it raised up […]

Unverferth Fireplace

Texas Cordova cream Limestone
6'-6" x 5'-6" x 14"


St. John’s Catholic Church Baptismal Font

St. John's Baptismal Font
5' x 30" x 37"

It is an honor and an obligation to make things that people are ritualistically attached to, especially such things that last for generations. It never goes unnoticed when I do this kind of work. This font was dedicated just before Christmas, 2013.  I am responsible for the granite basin and trough. The rest is the […]

Thanh Table

Thanh Table
Indiana Limestone
30" x 22" x 22"

This table is now in San Francisco. I am going to see if the designer has shots taken since the project was complete. The designer managed to find a 3/4″ thick glass top. I enjoy traditional challenges. A table base like this works both indoors and out. The lifting pins allow me to raise or […]

Hoyt-Criner Hood

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Often functioning hoods are not aesthetically pleasing, and one good way of handling it is to wrap the functioning hood with a decorative one. The fan and duct work are all hidden behind the hammered brass and copper hood. Maintenance is simple, and copper and brass are known to last for thousands of years.

Karlsson Fireplace

Karlsson Fireplace
Mankato Limestone
Design by Erik Karlsson
Details carved by Dale Johnson
14' x 9' x 2'

This beautiful fireplace is another collaboration. It was designed by Erik, and he and his assistant Brett did the shaping and cutting, and I did the chisel work. Erik carved the mantle himself, and did a great job. He and Brett did the installation. This is a very hard limestone, and will last for hundreds […]

Shear Urns

Shear Planter

These limestone planters are hand carved to order; the client’s address is hand carved into the stone.   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 […]

First Responders Memorial

Cast and Fabricated Stainless Steel, Granite

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 […]

Caroline Memorial

Kansas Limestone

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 […]

Tony Hinkle Bust

Bronze, Indiana Limestone

This bronze bust of the legendary Tony Hinkle stands in front of Butler University’s Hinkle Auditorium, one of the nation’s oldest and largest basketball courts. Old World has been part of several graduating class gifts. This one, in particular, stands out; Butler won the Final Four that year to become the number one college basketball […]

Lancaster County

Kansas Limestone

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 […]

Jefferson Center Sign

Indiana Limestone

An example of how a bit of color can give a dramatic touch to a carved logo.

Barn House Plaque

Texas Leuders Limestone

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.

Mile Marker

Columbus Limestone

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.

Butler University Class Gift of 1997

Bronze over Wood, Granite, Steel

This Class Gift sculpture is located on the Mall of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. This shot is original; today, the gardens are lush and the piece has settled into it’s home quite nicely. This graduating class was very open to new ideas, and together we came up with this design. It has weathered well, […]

Bracken Posts

Bronze, Indiana Limestone

These stone and bronze entry posts impose exactly as they are intended to- very. Welcome to a significant place, they say. The bronze lions are inspired by the client’s antique door knockers. You’d think I’d have been sharp enough to have kept a shot of the knockers (not). They look good anyway. Bronze is always […]

Bermuda Frog

Texas Cordova Cream Limestone

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!

Lombardi Urns (Back)

Kansas Limestone

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 […]

Lombardi Urns (Front)

Kansas Limestone

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, […]

Wise Urn

Wise Urn 2

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 […]