These were copied from the only original finial left on the tower. It was fun to work in this style.
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.
The tooth chisel texture is wonderful,but it is also very helpful on sandstone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.