St. Brigid’s Church

St. Brigid Church
Indiana Limestone
8′ x 7′ x 8″
Original Design by Dale Johnson

This portrait of St. Brigid is one of many projects I have carved for this church.

St. Brigid’s Church Main Entry
Dublin, Ohio
Original Design by Dale Johnson
8′ x 4′, 4″ relief

Over the front door of the chapel is St. Brigid, surrounded by oak branches and leaves, a bible, and her scepter.

Framed Celtic Knot on a Domed Matrix
24″ Diameter

It’s been a while, so I may be mistaken, but  think I did eight of these Celtic knot rosettes for the church.

Framed Celtic Knot on a Domed Matrix
24″ Diameter

I remember enjoying making sure each one was different. And delicate.

St. Brigid Church
Indiana Limestone
8′ x 7′ x 8″
Original Design by Dale Johnson

St. Brigid is thepatron saint of all kinds of things. I incorporated them all into the design, which wasn’t easy to do. It will be there for a hundred years or more, one would think.

St. Brigid’s Church Main Entry
Dublin, Ohio
Original Design by Dale Johnson
8′ x 4′, 4″ relief

The rope is an element I forgot to mention above. And the flame. High relief. LOTS of work.

St. John’s Lutheran Church Baptismal Font

Designed by architect Phil MarkwoodGranite, Polished Bronze, Brazilian Rosewood
Designed by architect Phil Markwood
Granite, Polished Bronze, Brazilian Rosewood

We rolled this piece in on plywood on dowels, Egyptian style, as no lift capable of lifting this could fit through the door.

Designed by architect Phil MarkwoodGranite, Polished Bronze, Brazilian Rosewood
Designed by architect Phil Markwood
Granite, Polished Bronze, Brazilian Rosewood

I traveled to my home state of South Dakota, home of one of the largest granite quarries in the world, to pick the block for this font personally.

Designed by architect Phil MarkwoodGranite, Polished Bronze, Brazilian Rosewood
Designed by architect Phil Markwood
Granite, Polished Bronze, Brazilian Rosewood

The rose window behind the font casts a colored pattern on the font in the early spring.

Designed by architect Phil MarkwoodGranite, Polished Bronze, Brazilian Rosewood
Designed by architect Phil Markwood
Granite, Polished Bronze, Brazilian Rosewood

Here you can see how the water circulates in the basin.

Designed by architect Phil MarkwoodGranite, Polished Bronze, Brazilian Rosewood
Designed by architect Phil Markwood
Granite, Polished Bronze, Brazilian Rosewood

A shot of the light coming through the stained glass window and landing on the font.

Virginia 1905 Church Restoration

Briar Hill Sandstone 32" (tallest)
Briar Hill Sandstone
32″ (tallest)

These were copied from the only original finial left on the tower. It was fun to work in this style.

Briar Hill Sandstone
Briar Hill Sandstone

I had the block cut at the quarry on their diamond saw to establish the crocket height; the piece on the right is what I started with, and the one on the left has been started. I take each piece up step by step, doing the same thing to each piece as I go, so they are all as alike as possible.

Briar Hill Sandstone
Briar Hill Sandstone

The tooth chisel texture is wonderful,but it is also very helpful on sandstone.

Briar Hill Sandstone
Briar Hill Sandstone

The original is in the background.

Papal Crest

Indiana Limestone
Indiana Limestone

Showing process shots is always a fun thing. Here you can see a crest being carved. We did two of these; one for the front and one for the back.

Indiana Limestone
Indiana Limestone

This was for an area church. Jack Oliver and I installed it, not by choice on a windy day. The telescoping lift was extended as far as it go, almost, to reach the pediment for the installation, and the cornice was made of Styrofoam, the way so many buildings are built these days, so we couldn’t step on it. SCARY! Note the use of a glove as a pad on the floor.

St. John’s Catholic Church Baptismal Font

St. John's Baptismal Font Granite 5' x 30" x 37"
St. John’s Catholic Church Baptismal Font
Granite
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 work of others. The granite design is a product of myself and the architect, Nikki.

St. John's Baptismal Font Granite 5' x 30" x 37"
St. John’s Baptismal Font
Granite
5′ x 30″ x 37″

I try to work with an architect or a client to help them get what they want, within the budget allowed. This piece is a good example of a collaborative effort of a good team. Amber did a great job on the mosaics, too.

St. John's Baptismal Font Granite 5' x 30" x 37"
St. John’s Baptismal Font
Granite
5′ x 30″ x 37″

The water constantly fills and drains at the same time., very slowly, so unless the church is empty and silent, it can’t be heard.

St. John's Baptismal Font Granite 5' x 30" x 37"
St. John’s Baptismal Font
Granite
5′ x 30″ x 37″

I greatly enjoyed the congregation dipping their fingers in as they gathered for the dedication of the church. I watched the ceremony with fascination and respect, as I am not Catholic. I was glad to be invited, glad to be there.

Markwood Candle Holders

Designed by architect Phil MarkwoodBronze and Cherry Wood
Designed by architect Phil Markwood
Bronze and Cherry Wood

These candle holders have a heft that augments their seriousness of intent. They separate at the base to allow for portability.

Designed by architect Phil MarkwoodBronze and Cherry Wood
Designed by architect Phil Markwood
Bronze and Cherry Wood

Communal ownership of high craft is an important thing, and one of the reasons I like to work for churches.

Designed by architect Phil MarkwoodBronze and Cherry Wood
Designed by architect Phil Markwood
Bronze and Cherry Wood

Even though these are heavy and made of wood and metal, there is a lightness to them.

Wellhead Cover

Original Design by Dale JohnsonIndiana Limestone
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Indiana Limestone

The owner of this beautiful country home had un sightly meter and pump on his propoerty. It needed to be accessible, but only very rarely. This cover was our solution.