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.
I had the edges of a massisve slab cut off, and used them for the legs and header.
From these edge cuts I took the legs and the header. All came from the same stone.
I used dowels as rollers to gently roll the legs up to test their fit against the header.
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.
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.
This is my initial sketch. From this I made a template so each quarter would be the same.
The completed design.
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.
I’ve always found this kind of work relaxing and meditative. I hope it brings that feeling to the client.
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.
The original is in the background.