The Homeowner and I began a long relationship with this Turret. He didn’t like the architect’s plans, and asked me to redesign the exterior using stone. I did, and from the sills below the windows to the finial, he accepted my design, including the copper roof (done by others). I worked with the architect to […]
The keystone on the right was made by me and my crew, including Jack and Dave Oliver. We reproduced in granite the original keystone that had been chopped off the building to make way for the new owners’ sign sometime long ago, before respect for a granite keystone in New York had been protected. Jack […]
This crest features Gaelic lettering spelling “O’Brian”. The crest is capped by a mermaid. I wonder if it represents the homeowner’s immigration to Bermuda? We had a blast for three weeks installing and fabricating these arches. Bermuda is a wonderful place to visit. We worked very hard, but were treated very well, and the […]
This piece has turned out to be the culmination of my architectural design career thus far. It still stands, and I am glad for that. I designed everything here, inside and out. I hope I get another challenge like this someday. Such a beautiful entry! I am grateful to have been part of it. And […]
The original 1923 entry was removed to meet the requirements of the ADA act, and when the building’s owners wanted to sell it, it was required by law that they bring it up to standard, as it is a National Historic Landmark. Myself and fellow Guild member Nick Fairplay were given the job of reproducing […]
These grotesques have aged well. Not far from the Cincinnati Art Museum in the Mt. Adams area, this pub is in a former Speakeasy. The owner is a character- one day it was so hot he and and Johnny Cash went and drove a tee into the road and hit golf balls down the hill. […]
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. I designed and myself and the crew carved an additional eighteen decorative panels for the new addition. Each one was different, but also […]
To have been able to do a project of this level, largely designed by me… what a privilege. For all involved. And to have been in charge of the installation? Stress, but also ADRENILINE. Awesome fun! I have always hated crappy handrails. This homeowner had me do a bronze one, and it turned out […]
This pediment window piece completes the front facade of this beautiful home. One of the best collaborations between Matthew and myself during his nine years of employment with Old World before going solo. Tabs were carved out so that they stuck out of the back, and this allowed the pieces to be installed after […]
What a blast this job was! The capitals on these columns were deteriorating horribly, falling apart, crumbling. Myself and my helper Jack Oliver cut off all the rotten stone, and epoxied and pinned on new stone, and re-carved the new stone to match the old. These capitals are nine feet across. The coolest thing is […]
The main structure of this large entry had been decided during the foundational phase, before I was brought it. I had a concrete structure to clad, given dimensions, and a great deal of freedom to be creative on a budget. The large entry is to a parking garage. The corner entry is to a luxury […]
This window is a lot bigger up close than it is seen from the street. And when one is in a telescoping lift on a windy day… memorable. An out of town job, I have not been back to take good photographs, but even so, the work is its own best spokesman anyway. The […]
Painting with rocks. This large stairway and elevator shaft got the full treatment. Each of these stones was hand shaped to fit the sculpted substrate. The theme began as an image of geology raised into the building, but the clients soon gave me freedom to interpret that theme in any way I chose. I was […]
This entry is on a home from the late teens of France, and reflects the attention to detail of the period in the font, which is by the original architect of the home. The world needs people with exceptionally discerning taste… and Mr. Shear is one of them. Thanks for the support over the years, […]
This portrait of St. Brigid is one of many projects I have carved for this church. Over the front door of the chapel is St. Brigid, surrounded by oak branches and leaves, a bible, and her scepter. It’s been a while, so I may be mistaken, but think I did eight of these Celtic knot […]
This pediment window is just over 11′ long. This is a very large home, and this is the attic over the second floor. I love that this client had the vision to let us get creative with the details. Collaborations are the heart and soul of good residential architecture.
This stone house is the real deal, and the masons did a great job. I need to get back there and get a final shot, but you get the idea. An arched stone conical ceiling is a major trick to install, so I decided to do this one in one piece. I was thelift operator […]
This pediment is epoxied as one piece and awaits installation. As the guy in charge I never remember to take pictures. It was a thrill to see the plan come together and fall into place. Gluing it all together in the shop gave me a great deal of control over the accuracy of the fit […]
This stone garden gate was a challenge to install. The upper is actually hollow, and holding all those stones in place until the mortar set was a hoot. Still… what a cool arch to pass through on the way into the garden! Gemeinhardt Garden Gate Indiana Limestone Brickwork by others I would like to […]
I’ve always enjoyed the challenge of a scrolled corbel. These came out well. There is something about a large stone clearly fully supported over your head that makes one feel the door entered is a special one.
These impressive pineapples ring a beautiful swimming pool. The pineapple is a traditional symbol of bounty and welcome. We did eight of these for this pool. Details like this add the craftsman’s touch to even the most stately of homes.