Hamm Plaques

The finished plaque installed, seen up close from the lift after it had been installed.
The finished plaque installed, seen up close from the lift after it had been installed.
The client chose as a theme a drgonfly, her dogs, a rose, an apple, and a sash. we had fun doing the design together in my shop.
The client chose as a theme a dragonfly, her dogs, a rose, an apple, and a sash. we had fun doing the design together in my shop.
It is a big haouse, and I had to get far away to see both plaques at the same time.
It is a big haouse, and I had to get far away to see both plaques at the same time.
Happy client. We had a great time together.
Happy client. We had a great time together. Peace Jeannie!
Tightly together for the drive from Ohio to Minnesota.
Tightly together for the drive from Ohio to Minnesota.

 

Mason-Dixon Line Replacement Stones

Indiana Limestone, 12" x 12" x 3' It was an honor to carve replacements of the three hundred year old originals, carved in England and shipped over and carried overland.
Indiana Limestone, 12″ x 12″ x 3′
It was an honor to carve replacements of the three hundred year old originals, carved in England and shipped over and carried overland.
Me, in the Maryland Historical Society Museum with one of the original stones carved in England and brought over to form the border between Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Me, in the Maryland Historical Society Museum with one of the original stones carved in England and brought over to form the border between Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Each stone bears a bronze plaque indicating a bit of its history.
Each stone bears a bronze plaque indicating a bit of its history.
M is for Maryland; nice studio shot.
M is for Maryland; nice studio shot.
And P is for Pennsylvania.
And P is for Pennsylvania.
One of two different crown stones, together with the chisels used to carve it.
One of two different crown stones, together with the chisels used to carve it.
The client provided rubbings from an original as well as photographs of an original as source material.
The client provided rubbings from an original as well as photographs of an original as source material.

 

And the other crown design.
And the other crown design.
Indiana Limestone, Bronze Plaque, 12″ x 12″ x 3′
The installation crew, after we had stood the stones up for the dedication in the Maryland Historical Society museum.

Perry Unicorn

Indiana Limestone 2 1/4" x 14" x 11" Given as a gift to his wife, head of a school whose mascot is the Unicorn.
Indiana Limestone
2 1/4″ x 14″ x 11″
Given as a gift to his wife, head of a school whose mascot is the Unicorn.
Indiana Limestone 2 1/4" x 14" x 11" I have a thing against ladders, and to me this was pretty scary, climbing up the ladder with the piece in my hands.
Indiana Limestone
2 1/4″ x 14″ x 11″
I have a thing against ladders, and to me this was pretty scary, climbing up the ladder with the piece in my hands.
Indiana Limestone 2 1/4" x 14" x 11" I like to send my clients process pics.
Indiana Limestone
2 1/4″ x 14″ x 11″
I like to send my clients process pics.
Indiana Limestone 2 1/4" x 14" x 11" All done!
Indiana Limestone
2 1/4″ x 14″ x 11″
All done!

Joe Fireplace

Up the flight of stairs and in.
Up the flight of stairs and in.

My son Dorian, on the left, and his pal (and mine) Zack, shortly after major macho lifting and carrying up stairs action. Piece is in and looks great.

The original slab, 12" x 8' x 10'. Just over six thousand pounds and 280 million years old.
The original slab, 12″ x 8′ x 10′. Just over six thousand pounds and 280 million years old.

I had the edges of a massisve slab cut off, and used them for the legs and header.

This is the original cut from which I took the fireplace.
This is the original cut from which I took the fireplace.

From these edge cuts I took the legs and the header. All came from the same stone.

Test fit over and over
Test fit over and over

I used dowels as rollers to gently roll the legs up to test their fit against the header.

Waiting for the gas insert...

Waiting for the gas insert…

The client will have a gas insert fitted to the firebox so he can have a legal fire in his bedroom. Very cool.

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.

 

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.

Virginia Church