Dale Johnson Details & Rosettes

Chicago Theater Keystone

Indiana Limestone

This wonderful reproduction of an original 1920’s Chicago keystone was carved by Matthew Palmer during his apprenticeship with Old World. Great job Matthew!


Argent Lion Rosette

Indiana Limestone, Bronze

This fearsome lion forever guards the daughter’s room. Very cool. Personality is everything. That bronze eye likely stayed golden for a few weeks.  But the just installed piece in the daughter’s room? Forever.


Benson Sailboat

Benson Sailboat
Indiana Limestone
3' diameter

This cool plaque is inspired by the client’s yacht. I tried to make it as positive as I could. Here it is in context. that’s a big firebox! I bet a big fire out there in the summer is a pleasure. If not, they’re not doing it right. I really enjoy this kind of personal […]


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 […]


Michele’s Dogwood Plaque

Dogwood Plaque
Ohio Limestone
4' x 2' x 6"

As it turns out, this is the only shot I have of this piece finished. It was an out-of-state job, and I didn’t receive pics of it installed. The frame looks good completed This is the best shot of this plaque I have. I do like it. This is a very hard limestone, with fossils […]


Canton Window

Canton Window
Indiana Limestone

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 […]


Butler University Atherton Union Building Expansion

Indiana Limestone

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 […]


Butler University Book

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Ive been part of the Butler University campus since 2006, and have done several projects with the campus. To Butler students and faculty… Thank you.


Celtic Rosette

Indiana Limestone

Sorry about the quality of this photo; I wasn’t very good with 35 mm, and when the switch to digital happened, I went a long time shooting at very low res, not realizing what that meant for photo quality. Oh well. Terrible pic, very cool rosette. Thankfully the mason set it level. Can you imagine […]


Bellini Gargoyles

Carved by Matthew Palmer in association with Dale Johnson
Indiana Limestone

These Gargoyles are now in a high rise condo in the Miami area. I have not yet received finish pics, and it’s been almost ten years… so the best I can do is share them as they were when they left the shop on a bright summer day. Sometimes terrible light makes fora nicely dramatic […]


Compass Rosette

Indiana Limestone

The funniest thing ever relates to this pediment piece. I didn’t have time, or whatever, the 90’s were very busy… anyway, I let someone else install this piece. It is so obviously crooked that I made fun of it every time I drove by. After a couple years of this, a new assistant admitted it […]


Eble Bench Butler University

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This working sundial and bench was donated to the university by an architect, who designed the bench The bench later featured a bronze plaque of a drawing by Newton in the panel on the end. The bench and sundial base were both hand-carved by my son, Dorian. Nice job, Dorian!


Demitrio Plaque

Demitrio Plaque
Indiana Limestone
22" x 48"

Oh, the woes of out-of-state work. Another piece I have never seen an installed shot of. This home was surrounded by Lily-of-the-Valley and the homeowner wanted a chimney plaque for the exterior of the chimney to celebrate the spring. Note also the Dogwood flowers in the corners of the frame. I opted to rather abstract […]


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.


Pineapple

Indiana Limestone

This pineapple is one of two we made for this entry. This is the only photo I have of the entry. I will have to remember to take my camera next time I visit that town.


Creekside Bell Ringer

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One of two figurative rosettes for this project, the Bell Ringer was intended to herald in the new building and all that enter.


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 […]


Vertgis Rosette

Vertgis Rosette
Indiana Limestone
3' diameter

So much of carving is the continual breaking down and patterning of the material. But- doen well- it looks great. Nice job, Jason. You earned a shout out with this one. Even in bright light the lines are sharp. Jason has moved on, but I am sure the experience of making this has not. I […]


Creekside Rosettes

Creekside Rosettes
Indiana Limestone
8" x 8"

These are just a few of the thirty or so of these that were done. They were done as level markers for a parking garage. The builder ended up liking them so much he took them all home and I never saw them again. I thought the idea was great. Inlay these into the posts, […]


Horse Rosettes

Indiana Limestone

Your left hand horse. Attached to the son’s wall. Attached to the other son’s wall. That was the nineties. I wonder how they are doing? Who lives there now?  


Livingstone Plaques

Original design by Dale Johnson
Indiana Limestone

These were fun to do. The client wanted Earth, Air, Fire, and Water personified as animals. This is Air and Fire. This one is Water. Each plaque is 3′ in diameter. The bear for Earth. Here are Earth and Water. There are two plaques on each side of the entry. Fire was fun to design […]


Abe Head

Abe Head
Tesas Leuders Limestone
18" x 12" x 12"

I have always enjoyed making heads, just for fun and relaxation. This one was done during a conference as an exhibition, so it was lots of carve a little, chat a little, carve a little, chat a little. When it was finished It kind of looked like Abe Lincoln. It was purchased at the end […]


Acanthus Keystone

Indiana Limestone

Period homes are a demonsrtatio of attention to detail. This keystone design would be an honor on any home.


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.