Edwards Zinc Hood

 

I was asked to do an aged zinc range hood for a long time client’s mother’s house (he is a builder), and this was the result. Beautiful.

Edwards Zinc Hood

The solid aluminum moldings were milled by Marengo Fabricated Steel, and the did a great job. Thanks guys.

Edwards Zinc Hood

The underside is stainless steel for longetivity’s sake.

Edwards Zinc Hood

My old Art School friend, Dmitri, now living in Austin, came for a visit and helped with the clamping. It was great to work together again.

Edwards Zinc Hood

 

Edwards Zinc Hood

Zinc, Milled Aluminum, Oil finish. This hood was made for the mother of the designer. It was my first use of zinc, and I found I like it.
Zinc, Milled Aluminum, Oil finish.
This hood was made for the mother of the designer. It was my first use of zinc, and I found I like it.
Zinc, Milled Aluminum, Oil finish, Stainless Steel Photo taken during the home's construction.
Zinc, Milled Aluminum, Oil finish, Stainless Steel
Photo taken during the home’s construction.
Zinc, Milled Aluminum, Oil finish, Stainless Steel The stainless steel underside is designed to gives years of very low maintenance.
Zinc, Milled Aluminum, Oil finish, Stainless Steel
The stainless steel underside is designed to gives years of very low maintenance.
Zinc, Milled Aluminum, Oil finish, Stainless Steel Boy, this one was heavy when it was finished. I don't envy the installers!
Zinc, Milled Aluminum, Oil finish, Stainless Steel
Boy, this one was heavy when it was finished. I don’t envy the installers!

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.

 

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.

The dog house has been built to last, and the guard is too.

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!!!

 

Long Street Entry Canopy

 

Long Street Apartments

Steel impersonating stained glass.

Long Street Apartments

My daughter Amber worked with templates and creativity to design the layout for the canopy. It was fun to have her in the shop.

Long Street Apartments

Although we had the wood burning stove cranking hot, it was still a very cold winter. Fun in the shop with Amber!

long street canopy 4

The completed design, ready to send to the machine shop for plasma cutting.

long street canopy 13

The finished product, installed. Mark Lamson of Metaldelphia in Columbus, Ohio, did the plasma cutting; Suburban Steel did the fabrication. A cool addition to downtown Columbus.

 

Hoyt-Criner Hood

Hoyt-Criner Hood Patina, Brass, Wood, Copper 72" x 36" x 28"
Hoyt-Criner Hood
Patina, Brass, Wood, Copper
72″ x 36″ x 28″

Often functioning hoods are not aesthetically pleasing, and one good way of handling it is to wrap the functioning hood with a decorative one.

Hoyt-Criner Hood
Patina, Brass, Wood, Copper
72″ x 36″ x 28″

The fan and duct work are all hidden behind the hammered brass and copper hood. Maintenance is simple, and copper and brass are known to last for thousands of years.

First Responders Memorial

Cast Stainless Steel, Granite
Cast Stainless Steel, Granite

I was commissioned to create the focal sculpture for an Ohio park dedicated to our nation’s fallen First Responders. I created hundreds of different images of people doing very ordinary things; all of the poses are the sorts of things we all do every day, from walking the dog to playing a trumpet. I wanted to convey that any of us could have been targeted that day. Being asked to create a memorial sculpture for an event like 9/11 is beyond an honor; I felt an obligation to not only those that died that day, but to those of us living and doing our best not to forget. Working as a public sculptor is to be part of a memorial tradition as old as civilization.

Cast and Fabricated Stainless Steel, Granite
Cast and Fabricated Stainless Steel, Granite

Several of the first responders from New York’s Fire and Police departments came for the dedication.

Cast and Fabricated Stainless Steel, Granite
Cast and Fabricated Stainless Steel, Granite

The figures were each first drawn on paper, and then cut from sheet wax, which was then shaped and cast in stainless steel. Each stainless plate was then welded to the others to create a large steel “flame”.

Cast Stainless Steel, Granite
Cast Stainless Steel, Granite

Because the final sculpture has so many edges to catch the cover, a custom canvas cover was made to the right shape. After a few test runs the officer in charge of the unveiling figured out a technique, and the unveiling at the ceremony came off with no struggles.

Cast Stainless Steel, Granite
Cast Stainless Steel, Granite

The Honor Guard stood at attention for nearly an hour, amazingly motionlessly. They conveyed everything such an effort is expected to convey, and then some.

Cast Stainless Steel, Granite
Cast Stainless Steel, Granite

The architecture, lighting, granite, and fountain works were done by others, and they all did a fantastic job. Thanks guys!

 

Cast Stainless Steel, Granite
Cast Stainless Steel, Granite

These photos were all taken at the dedication by my daughter Amber, then fifteen.

Cast Stainless Steel, Granite
Cast Stainless Steel, Granite

If I remember, later I will crop this picture.

Cast Stainless Steel, Granite
Cast Stainless Steel, Granite

The piece at night casts amazing shadows on the entire area, and shimmers as the lights pass through the rippling water.

Cast Stainless Steel, Granite
Cast Stainless Steel, Granite

Thank you to everybody involved with this park!

Tony Hinkle Bust

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!

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

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

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

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.

Thank you Butler University Class of 2009!

Butler University Class Gift of 1997

Bronze over Wood, Granite, Steel
Bronze over Wood, Granite, Steel

This Class Gift sculpture is located on the Mall of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. This shot is original; today, the gardens are lush and the piece has settled into it’s home quite nicely.

Bronze over Wood, Granite, Steel
Bronze over Wood, Granite, Steel

This graduating class was very open to new ideas, and together we came up with this design. It has weathered well, and has become a fixture on the campus of one of America’s great colleges.

Bronze over Wood, Granite, Steel
Bronze over Wood, Granite, Steel

Thank you, Butler University Class Of 1997! I am honored to have been part of your experience!