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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]