Shafer Hood

Wood, Steel, Patina 48" x 36" x 18"
Wood, Steel, Patina
48″ x 36″ x 18″

This beautiful hood was patterned on the Winery doors I did earlier (shown elsewhere on this site). Here it is shown finished, at home, in its new home in New Jersey.

Wood, Steel, Patina 48" x 36" x 18"
Wood, Steel, Patina
48″ x 36″ x 18″

This decorative hood covers a functional one (made by others). The designer had specified some terrific hardware and lighting, and wanted a hood that could keep up. She found me on line, and working together with a cabinetmaker in New Jersey we produced this hood. The client loves it.

Wood, Steel, Patina 48" x 36" x 18"
Wood, Steel, Patina
48″ x 36″ x 18″

Ed, stepson and helper, brushes the bare steel to give it a slight texture and to thoroughly clean it.

Wood, Steel, Patina 48" x 36" x 18"
Wood, Steel, Patina
48″ x 36″ x 18″

This construction detail shows how the panels have been fit together.

Wood, Steel, Patina 48" x 36" x 18"
Wood, Steel, Patina
48″ x 36″ x 18″

After many, many layers and much time, the finished hood is approved and ready to ship.

Wood, Steel, Patina 48" x 36" x 18"
Wood, Steel, Patina
48″ x 36″ x 18″

The hood has been screwed to a custom crate for transport to New Jersey.

 

Mitchel Island

Mitchel Island
Brass, Copper, Wood, Patina
4′-6″ x 11′ x 1 1/2″

Making my custom hammered bronze, brass, and copper counter tops is always a welcome change of pace from my stone work. I enjoy both, and both are valuable parts of my existence. Thanks in advance for ordering one.

Mitchel Island
Brass, Copper, Wood, Patina
4′-6″ x 11′ x 1 1/2″

The material will outlast any of our great grandchildren, and is easy to maintain. The proof goes back to the Greeks.

 

Couch

Original Design by Dale JohnsonBronze, Copper, Walnut, Patina96" x 28" x 32"
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Bronze, Copper, Walnut, Patina
96″ x 28″ x 32″

As I recall, Dave Oliver did the wood armature, and it was either Jack Oliver or Chistina Wolfe that did the patina. I did the wood carving and designed it.  It is in my living room to this day.

Original Design by Dale JohnsonBronze, Copper, Walnut, Patina96" x 28" x 32"
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Bronze, Copper, Walnut, Patina
96″ x 28″ x 32″

I wanted to have buffalo skin cushions made custom, but the estimate was more than I can afford, so we made our own.

Original Design by Dale JohnsonBronze, Copper, Walnut, Patina96" x 28" x 32"
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Bronze, Copper, Walnut, Patina
96″ x 28″ x 32″

And yes, it weighs a bunch. I made sure it would fit through a doorway, but it isn’t easy. It’s on teflon sliders, so we can move it, but the less the better.

Butler University Memorial Columbarium

Butler Memorial Bulldog

This is a photo of Blue, Butler University’s mascot. Butler has been a champion basketball team for generations, and I have had the honor of doing several projects for the university. The latest was a columbarium to hold the ashes of all past and future mascots. I was commissioned to do a sculpture for the memorial.

Butler Memorial Bulldog

A block of styrofoam has been begun. Myself and my fellow sculptor and friend Anthony Jacobs used a large hot wire to cut through the foam. Nobody else was there to take our picture.

Butler Memorial Bulldog

Carving the styrofoam armature is very tricky, because the eye’s tendency is to imagine the form of the finished piece, which would leave no room for experimentation and improvisation.

Butler Memorial Bulldog

The clay I like is an oil-based clay that is hard at room temperature, but softens with heat. I use an old electric wok to heat the clay. Hot it can be poured; cold it can be carved like stone. It is useable for different purposes throughout the temperature range.

Butler Memorial Bulldog

Bronze is very revealing of texture. The difference between the two textures, once cast, will be very clear.

Butler Memorial Bulldog

Trip, Butler’s current mascot, came to inspect the finished clay master. Henry gave Trip a good sniffing. Note that Trip even has his own car!

Butler Memorial Bulldog

Michael, Trip’s owner and handler, came to inspect the finished clay master. We made a few adjustments, and then Trip gave his approval.

Butler Memorial Bulldog

The finished master on the way to the foundry.

Butler Memorial Bulldog

At the foundry a rubber mold is taken of the clay master. The mold is made of several different sections so that it can be removed without damage to itself or to the master. Once complete, the mold will beken off the master and painted on the inside with  hot wax until a wax reproduction of the clay master is created. The wax reproduction is about 1/4″ thick.

Butler Memorial Bulldog

The finished mold. The rubber has been covered with plaster so it will hold its shape. Each of the plaster sections has been keyed so that they lock together.

Butler Memorial Bulldog

After the wax reproduction is finished it is cut into smaller pieces, each of which is dipped repeatedly into a fluid form of ceramic slurry, each coat of which is also coated with a fine sand for stability. The ceramic is liquid, so it conforms to the shape of the wax perfectly. Once enough of a shell has been formed, the mold is fired in a special kiln, which melts the wax out at the same time that it fires the ceramic shell. The completed hollow mold will have molten bronze poured in, which will perfectly reproduce the shape of the wax reproduction of the clay master.

Butler Memorial Bulldog

The bronze head, after the ceramic mold has been broken off and the bronze sandblasted clean. The sections will next be welded back together, the welds cleaned and the texture chased to match the original, and then a patina will be applied.

Butler Memorial Bulldog

The welding process.

Butler Memorial Bulldog

John Cline, Foundry master, demonstrating how difficult the process is.

Butler Memorial Bulldog

The completed bronze is then heated with a torch and chemicals are sprayed onto the hot metal to change the color of the surface of the metal. After this, the sculpture is sealed and waxed.

Butler Memorial Bulldog

Headed to Indianapolis for the installation on campus.

Butler Memorial Bulldog

The finished sculpture, installed on campus, with the completed columbarium.

Butler Memorial Bulldog

Dedication. Beautiful day.

Butler Memorial Bulldog

The finished sculpture will be guarding the remains of the Butler mascots for generations to come. Thanks Butler Class of 2014!!!

 

Tony Hinkle Bust

Bronze, Indiana Limestone
Bronze, Indiana Limestone

This bronze bust of the legendary Tony Hinkle stands in front of Butler University’s Hinkle Auditorium, one of the nation’s oldest and largest basketball courts. Old World has been part of several graduating class gifts. This one, in particular, stands out; Butler won the Final Four that year to become the number one college basketball team in the country. Go Butler!

Bronze, Indiana Limestone
Bronze, Indiana Limestone

Tony Hinkle was head basketball coach at Butler for nearly fifty years, and also coached football and baseball.

Bronze, Indiana limestone
Bronze, Indiana limestone

The overall sculpture is over life size, at just under seven feet tall.

Bronze, Indiana Limestone
Bronze, Indiana Limestone

Commemorating significant individuals in the life of an institution is an honor, and I look forward to the next opportunity.

Bronze, Indiana Limestone
Bronze, Indiana Limestone

Part of the challenge of this piece was in capturing a man whose career spanned almost fifty years. Should he be portrayed as a young man? Or near the end of his career? I tried to imply both.

Bronze, Indiana Limestone
Bronze, Indiana Limestone

Thank you Butler University Class of 2011!

Edwards Sliding Doors

Edwards Sliding Doors
Steel, Brass, Patina
9′ x 9′ x 4″ (closed)

These sliding steel winery doors have been aging nicely in the California sun. Exposed sun requires a good deal of maintenance, but looks great.

Edwards Sliding Doors
Steel, Brass, Patina
9′ x 9′ x 4″ (closed)

Completely hand made rollers, for that hand made look.

Edwards Sliding Doors
Steel, Brass, Patina
9′ x 9′ x 4″ (closed)

When you hold this handle you know you have held a handle of note. This is the mission.

Edwards Sliding Doors
Steel, Brass, Patina
9′ x 9′ x 4″ (closed)

I will have to get the client to send an updated pic from this angle. This was taken during the installation,and is the only shot I have of the overall composition.

End Table

Original Design by Dale JohnsonCopper, Bronze, Walnut, Enamel24" x 24" x 18"
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Copper, Bronze, Walnut, Enamel
24″ x 24″ x 18″

Hand=hammered bronze legs, a walnut body, cast bronze handles with enameled ornament… a bronze top… I still love this end table, and it is still proudly in my living room. Want one like it?

 

Original Design by Dale JohnsonCopper, Bronze, Walnut, Enamel24" x 24" x 18"
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Copper, Bronze, Walnut, Enamel
24″ x 24″ x 18″

This one was designed as a cd case. Now I keep my kids’ school pics in it. Living with art.

Original Design by Dale JohnsonCopper, Bronze, Walnut, Enamel24" x 24" x 18"
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Copper, Bronze, Walnut, Enamel
24″ x 24″ x 18″

This detail gives you an idea of the hand made nature of my furniture. Every piece is absolutely hand made.