Chicago Theater Keystone

Indiana Limestone
Indiana Limestone, 18″ tall

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

Kelly Rosettes

Indiana Limestone 10" x 10" x 5"
Indiana Limestone
10″ x 10″ x 5″

 

Patterned after originals in Central Park, these rosettes were commissioned by a client with homes in Manhattan and in upper New York State. He commissioned these because he loved the originals in the park and he was having a dry-laid stone wall made for his home, and wanted to customize the posts.

 

kelly rosettes 8

This is my initial sketch. From this I made a template so each quarter would be the same.

Indiana Limestone 10" x 10" x 5"
Indiana Limestone
10″ x 10″ x 5″

The completed design.

Indiana Limestone 10" x 10" x 5"
Indiana Limestone
10″ x 10″ x 5″

When I want to make duplicates of a design, I do each piece step by step, keeping each stroke and each chisel the same for each piece.

Indiana Limestone 10" x 10" x 5"
Indiana Limestone
10″ x 10″ x 5″

I’ve always found this kind of work relaxing and meditative. I hope it brings that feeling to the client.

 

Argent Lion Rosette

Indiana Limestone, Bronze
Indiana Limestone, Bronze

This fearsome lion forever guards the daughter’s room. Very cool. Personality is everything.

Indiana Limestone, Bronze
Indiana Limestone, Bronze

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.

Benson Sailboat
Indiana Limestone
3′ diameter

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 work.

 

 

 

Bracken Posts

Bronze, Indiana Limestone
Bronze, Indiana Limestone

These stone and bronze entry posts impose exactly as they are intended to- very. Welcome to a significant place, they say.

Bronze, Indiana Limestone
Bronze, Indiana Limestone

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 a nice change of pace, and handling stones this big is always a pleasurable challenge. Carved four sides from a solid block.

Bronze, Indiana Limestone
Bronze, Indiana Limestone

Doing a raised profile on a four-sided form… each flip of the stone gets a little trickier. Note the raised profile, carved on all four sides.

Bronze, Indiana Limestone
Bronze, Indiana Limestone

The main block of each post weighs about three thousand pounds; the caps are almost 5′ square and a foot thick. Welcome home!

Michele’s Dogwood Plaque

Michele’s Dogwood Plaque
Original Design by Dale Johnson
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

Michele’s Dogwood Plaque
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Ohio Limestone
4′ x 2′ x 6″

This is the best shot of this plaque I have. I do like it. This is a very hard limestone, with fossils and inclusions to deal with, but I really like the result and the color tone. The layers of compositional depth really look good. I’ll have to do that again someday. The client requested a cardinal, dogwood, and pine motif. No problem.

 

Michele’s Dogwood Plaque
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Ohio Limestone
4′ x 2′ x 6″

This is what a piece looks lke as it being carved. The depth of the background is established first, and then the shaping of the  forms begins. I use a pencil a lot along the way.

Canton Window

Indiana Limestone
Designed by Dale Johnson; carved by Matthew Palmer

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.

 

Canton Window
Indiana Limestone

Tabs were carved out so that they stuck out of the back, and this allowed the pieces to be installed after the bricklayers had completed the pediment. We cam along at the end an put these pieces in. It was a high wind day, and rather scary., but we did it with no chips.

Canton Window
Indiana Limestone
It is always an honor to work on projects that hold detail dear. Carvers thrive on detail.

Butler University Atherton Union Building Expansion

Butler University Atherton Union Building Expansion
Original Designs by Dale Johnson in keeping with the Original Carvings
24″ x 12″ x 8″
(two of eighteen added to the building)

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.

Butler University Atherton Union Building Expansion
Original Designs by Dale Johnson in keeping with the Original Carvings
24″ x 12″ x 8″
(two of eighteen added to the building)

I designed and myself and the crew carved an additional eighteen decorative panels for the new addition. Each one was different, but also part of a related pair.

Butler University Building Union Expansion
Original Designs by Dale Johnson in keeping with the Original Carvings
24″ x 12″ x 8″
(two of eighteen added to the building)

The originals seemed to have a facial character, so I tried to bring that into the design a bit.

Butler University Building Union Expansion
Original Designs by Dale Johnson in keeping with the Original Carvings
24″ x 12″ x 8″
(two of eighteen added to the building)

The pairs are related by their organic structure more than anything else. They are meant to blend in with the original building, and they do.

Butler University Building Union Expansion
Original Designs by Dale Johnson in keeping with the Original Carvings
24″ x 12″ x 8″
(two of eighteen added to the building)

Adding my own touch to a major University is an honor. I have done several projects with Butler, and evry time I visit the campus I am struck by what a clean and cool place it is. I am proud to be part of the campus.

Butler University Building Union Expansion
 Original Carvings
24″ x 12″ x 8″ 

These are from the original building, and demonstrate the style I was asked to emulate.

Butler University Book

Butler University Book
Indiana Limestone
3′ x 24″ x 6″
Senior class gift

Ive been part of the Butler University campus since 2006, and have done several projects with the campus.

Butler University Book
Indiana Limestone
3′ x 24″ x 6″
Senior class gift

To Butler students and faculty… Thank you.

Celtic Rosette

Indiana Limestone
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 how much it would bug you if it was set out of level?