Dale Johnson Gardens

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 […]


Bruck Address Stone

Sandstone

This playful address stone was carved from an old railroad bridge block by myself and Matthew Palmer. The client eventually moved, and I re-carved the scroll to his new address.


Lombardi Pool Gate

Original Design by Dale Johnson
Kansas Limestone

These impressive pineapples ring a beautiful swimming pool. The pineapple is a traditional symbol of bounty and welcome. We did eight of these for this pool. Details like this add the craftsman’s touch to even the most stately of homes.  


Granite Ring

Granite Ring
Granite, Steel, Nature
20' x 20' x 4'

These granite end cuts were more or less gifted to me by my former employer. He had asked me if he could store them on my old property, and when we moved, I warned him that if I had to move the slabs they would be mine. This raised garden is the result, and has […]


Shear Urns

Shear Planter

These limestone planters are hand carved to order; the client’s address is hand carved into the stone.   These carved stone urns feature a reproduction of the historic home’s street address, carved into the limestone entry. Part of the joy of being an artist that specializes in commissions is working with the client to make […]


Gemeinhardt Garden Gate

Gemeinhardt Garden Gate
Indiana Limestone
Brickwork by others

This stone garden gate was a challenge to install. The upper is actually hollow, and holding all those stones in place until the mortar set was a hoot. Still… what a cool arch to pass through on the way into the garden!   Gemeinhardt Garden Gate Indiana Limestone Brickwork by others I would like to […]


Anniversery Bench

Granite, Marble, Stainless Steel

My first commission in Ohio… my first commission, period. I had little clue, as in none. I need to check in and see how it’s doing. It was an anniversary gift.


Zipper Bench

Indiana Limestone

Outside the Blind Lemon in Cincinnati. Make sense?   I’ve been told that Johnny Cash sat on this bench. How cool is that? Having fun with ideas…  


Wise Urn

Wise Urn 2

This large urn was a joy to carve. I figured out that I could epoxy pins in the raw blank so long as the hole didn’t reach the finished piece. While this was being carved the epoxied in pins on each side acted like an axle and I could rotate the piece at will. I […]


Bermuda Frog

Texas Cordova Cream Limestone

After two weeks installing the arches on this amazing Bermuda home I had the better part of a day to kill before the plane left for home, so I carved this frog for the homeowner’s kids. Not every contractor tips his client- but this one deserved it. Thanks for a great couple weeks in paradise!


Spencer

Spencer
Indiana Limestone
4' x 2' x 2'

                                                          A friend of mine and his wife adopted a son, and after a nearly fatal accident, commissioned this piece. Spencer loved Maurice Sendak’s “Where The Wild […]


Brookside Woods Neighborhood Marker

Ohio Limestone, Paint

Stone neighborhood marker signs are a quick and efficient way to spruce up a corner.


Jackson Dragon

Indiana Limestone
Carved by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving.

This playful dragon and leprechaun nestled into their forest home with great reluctance. Somewhere are the photos of the stuck forklift, the winches and chains, the attempts to no need a helicopter to save the day. Oh, the diabolical plot. Oh, the misunderstanding. Listen buddy, if you think you can discuss the details of a […]


Lombardi Urns (Back)

Kansas Limestone

These limestone urns are each unique on close inspection. They are based on the concept of Earth, Air, Water, and Fire, and the handles reveal the distinctions. This is one of the Air handles. This is the handle on the other side of Air. Water, brilliantly carved by Matthew Palmer. I included this extra shot […]


Lombardi Urns (Front)

Kansas Limestone

These formal urns are based on a Greek original, but are unique and personal to the owners. Each Happy little gargoyle says “good morning” to the home every day. Except the grumpy one. Fun and having fun are a huge part of the commissioning process. Have fun with the process! Nestled in among the leaves, […]


Mallory Grandkids

Kansas Limestone

This wonderful project began when the clients purchased my donated services in a silent charity auction, and the idea we came up with was a life size sculpture of each grandkid when they turned five years old. Each grandkid got to choose their own subject and pose. The grandmother got to choose a brief text […]


Mallory Planter

Indiana Limestone

I have done many projects with this couple, and we are still friends. This one was an anniversary gift from the husband to the wife, who is a fantastic gardener. I love that she keeps it so lush.   In the background is the original log cabin, which was moved and rebuilt after the house […]


Swanson Bench

Original Design by Dale Johnson
Indiana Limestone, Granite

Over the years I’ve donated many times to charities. My favorite cause is children’s literacy.This client bought my services in a live auction, and this bench is what we came up with.  


Wise Lion and Lamb, Ram and Kitten

Indiana Limestone

One of my first commissions. This is the balance for an almost symmetrical sculpture located on the other wing of the entry, which was based on the Lion and the Lamb parable of the Bible. This is the Kitten and the Ram. From youth to age? And this is the lion and the lamb. This […]


Lombardi Rhytons

Kansas Limestone, Granite
Heads carved by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving.

This patio of Rhyton Tables is one of my earliest large commissions, and it was a blast to explore. Each piece was left to me to conceive, but each was carved by Matthew Palmer. Matthew started working with me when he was nineteen. This was a few years into our association. He’s only gone beyond […]


Staircase

Indiana Limestone, Marble, Steel

                                                          This sculpture was purchased by my brother, and is photographed here in his garden (thanks Dan!). The top of the sculpture is a bowled out concave […]


Talisman

Indiana Limestone, Stainless Steel

This fun piece is the result of a charity auction I donated my services to. The family that bought the donation wanted me to tell a story using the talisman each member of the family chose for itself. The youngest child was probably about five, as I recall. It was about twenty years ago., so […]


Foucault’s Eraser

Foucault's Eraser
Kansas Limestone, Rosa Levanto Marble, Steel Chain
11' x 2' x 4'

  The number two pencil eraser glorified into a continental determiner of all things. And isn’t that the power of the pencil?   The Queen’s Anne Lace has decided to make a showing while the tractor was down and the yard couldn’t be cut. Beautiful day that was. Too bad the pine in the background suffered […]


Big Bang

Indiana Limestone
24" x 24" x 12"

This piece is from the mid-nineties. This is an early use of piercing the stone completely through. As long as the stone stays in contact with itself on both ends of a shape, it remains strong. Part of the challenge is the engineering of not having it get too weak. The sound the stone is […]