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.

 

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

Mythical Creatures

Indiana Limestone 7'-6" x 4'-6" x 12" (not including base) Lewis Center, Ohio Delaware County Library System Children's Garden
Indiana Limestone
7′-6″ x 4′-6″ x 12″ (not including base)
Lewis Center, Ohio
Delaware County Library System Children’s Garden

A local resident left part of her estate to establish a children’s reading garden in the rapidly developing Delaware County Library System. I am honored to have been the first selected. I hope my work inspires young readers for generations to come.

Indiana Limestone 7'-6" x 4'-6" x 12" Lewis Center, Ohio Delaware County Library System
Indiana Limestone
7′-6″ x 4′-6″ x 12″
Lewis Center, Ohio
Delaware County Library System

I thank the Delaware County Library for their complete gift of artistic freedom. This piece was an unusual pleasure to create.

Indiana Limestone 7'-6" x 4'-6" x 12" Lewis Center, Ohio Delaware County Library System
Indiana Limestone
7′-6″ x 4′-6″ x 12″
Lewis Center, Ohio
Delaware County Library System

The kiss; the two sides unite.

Indiana Limestone 7'-6" x 4'-6" x 12" Lewis Center, Ohio Delaware County Library System
Indiana Limestone
7′-6″ x 4′-6″ x 12″
Lewis Center, Ohio
Delaware County Library System

The hammer blow… from thus, this. Magic. Reality. Here.

Indiana Limestone 7'-6" x 4'-6" x 12" Lewis Center, Ohio Delaware County Library System
Indiana Limestone
7′-6″ x 4′-6″ x 12″
Lewis Center, Ohio
Delaware County Library System

The exploring fish, unnerved… a marvel of the mysterious sea.

Indiana Limestone 7'-6" x 4'-6" x 12" Lewis Center, Ohio Delaware County Library System
Indiana Limestone
7′-6″ x 4′-6″ x 12″
Lewis Center, Ohio
Delaware County Library System

Forest spirits making sure the gold of legends is taken care of… and one of the Leprechauns has given up his duty for a higher cause.

Indiana Limestone 7'-6" x 4'-6" x 12" Lewis Center, Ohio Delaware County Library System
Indiana Limestone
7′-6″ x 4′-6″ x 12″
Lewis Center, Ohio
Delaware County Library System

The tunnel of myth… dare you?

 

Circle

Circle Cast Concrete Dimensions Variable
Circle
Cast Concrete
Dimensions Variable
Circle Cast Concrete Dimensions Variable
Circle
Cast Concrete
Dimensions Variable
Circle
Cast Concrete
Dimensions Variable
Circle Cast Concrete Dimensions Variable
Circle
Cast Concrete
Dimensions Variable

 

 

The Jurors

The Jurors Cast Concrete 6' x 12' x 8' Dimensions Variable
The Jurors
Cast Concrete
6′ x 12′ x 8′
Dimensions Variable

This spontaneous piece comes as a result of a donation of concrete cores. My idea was to be able to create a work on site, quickly, and to drive away. Guerrilla art.

The Jurors Cast Concrete 6' x 12' x 8' Dimensions Variable
The Jurors
Cast Concrete
6′ x 12′ x 8′
Dimensions Variable

Cast concrete on a concrete sidewalk was my thinking. Drilled and pinned and safe. Art? Graffiti? Vandalism?

The Jurors Cast Concrete 6' x 12' x 8' Dimensions Variable
The Jurors
Cast Concrete
6′ x 12′ x 8′
Dimensions Variable

I am a big fan of bringing Art to the people. I am looking forward to installing this somewhere this spring.

The Jurors Cast Concrete 6' x 12' x 8' Dimensions Variable
The Jurors
Cast Concrete
6′ x 12′ x 8′
Dimensions Variable

Everything is labeled and ready to install quickly. I am hoping that the worst they can do is to ask me to remove it. I hope I don’t go to prison for Art Making.

 

 

 

Head and Shoulders

Head and Shoulders Limestone, Steel, Wood, Oil Paint
Head and Shoulders
Limestone, Steel, Wood, Oil Paint
7′-6″ x 3″ x 3″

This piece was made specifically to be able to get through an ordinary door, and then to get bigger.  Scale is everything in sculpture.

Head and Shoulders Limestone, Steel, Wood, Oil Paint 7'-6" x 3" x 3"
Head and Shoulders
Limestone, Steel, Wood, Oil Paint
7′-6″ x 3″ x 3″

And a little empathy. Empathy is every thing in sculpture.

Head and Shoulders Limestone, Steel, Wood, Oil Paint 7'-6" x 3" x 3"
Head and Shoulders
Limestone, Steel, Wood, Oil Paint
7′-6″ x 3″ x 3″

And a little skill. It doesn’t count if it is a big pile of hogwash.

Head and Shoulders Limestone, Steel, Wood, Oil Paint 7'-6" x 3" x 3"
Head and Shoulders
Limestone, Steel, Wood, Oil Paint
7′-6″ x 3″ x 3″

Expressions… captured… are everything.

Head and Shoulders Limestone, Steel, Wood, Oil Paint 7'-6" x 3" x 3"
Head and Shoulders
Limestone, Steel, Wood, Oil Paint
7′-6″ x 3″ x 3″

The beginning. The weight of the future behind.

 

 

 

 

 

Mathur Fireplace

Mathur Fireplace  Kansas Limestone, Pennsylvania Black Slate 6'-6" x 5'-4" x 30"
Mathur Fireplace
Kansas Limestone, Pennsylvania Black Slate
6′-6″ x 5′-4″ x 30″

This enormous header required some extensive planning to install. Originally over three thousand pounds, I hollowed it out so that it was “only” 1200 pounds when we installed it.

Mathur Fireplace  Kansas Limestone, Pennsylvania Black Slate 6'-6" x 5'-4" x 30"
Mathur Fireplace
Kansas Limestone, Pennsylvania Black Slate
6′-6″ x 5′-4″ x 30″

The header, seen before we installed it. I drilled a hole at exactly the balance point and passed a chain through so that it raised up level. I rehearsed the lift in the studio before I loaded it on the truck.

Mathur Fireplace  Kansas Limestone, Pennsylvania Black Slate 6'-6" x 5'-4" x 30"
Mathur Fireplace
Kansas Limestone, Pennsylvania Black Slate
6′-6″ x 5′-4″ x 30″

We raised it up with a pulley and a gallows built on site, and rolled it into place on dowels under the gallows, after we’d lifted the piece above the legs.

Mathur Fireplace  Kansas Limestone, Pennsylvania Black Slate 6'-6" x 5'-4" x 30"
Mathur Fireplace
Kansas Limestone, Pennsylvania Black Slate
6′-6″ x 5′-4″ x 30″

Heere is Joe, raising the mantle up to height, before we rolled it into place.

Mathur Fireplace  Kansas Limestone, Pennsylvania Black Slate 6'-6" x 5'-4" x 30"
Mathur Fireplace
Kansas Limestone, Pennsylvania Black Slate
6′-6″ x 5′-4″ x 30″

The scrolls and thick legs were not easy to put in place either, but after a long time, one figures out how to do without damaging either floor or stone. Carefully.

 

 

 

Minotaur

Minotaur Indiana Limestone 16" x 14" x 28"
Minotaur
Indiana Limestone
16″ x 14″ x 28″

I made Minotaur after having read the classic book Mythology by Edith Hamilton. And I have always identified with Picasso’s Minotaurs.

Minotaur Indiana Limestone 16" x 14" x 28"
Minotaur
Indiana Limestone
16″ x 14″ x 28″

Accepting one’s fate, while being resigned to it at the same time… haven’t we all felt that way?

 

 

Long Face

Long Face Texas Leuders Limestone 7' x 1' x 2'
Long Face
Texas Leuders Limestone
7′ x 1′ x 2′

I went to the Dayton Museum with my daughter, a student at Wright State. We saw a sculpture of a peacock I really admired. This piece popped out a short while later.

Long Face Texas Leuders Limestone 7' x 1' x 2'
Long Face
Texas Leuders Limestone
7′ x 1′ x 2′

This piece would be really nice in a garden. It is weather safe and will patina well. Plants would happy to cuddle it.

Long Face Texas Leuders Limestone 7' x 1' x 2'
Long Face
Texas Leuders Limestone
7′ x 1′ x 2′

And doesn’t it need cuddling? Long Face is a piece waiting for the right space to watch over.

Long Face
Texas Leuders Limestone
7′ x 1′ x 2′

It waits on my driveway, patiently. Or not so patiently.

 

 

Unverferth Fireplace

Unverferth Fireplace
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Texas Cordova Cream Limestone
6′-6″ x 5′-6″ x 14″
Unverferth Fireplace
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Texas Cordova Cream Limestone
6′-6″ x 5′-6″ x 14″
Unverferth Fireplace
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Texas Cordova Cream Limestone
6′-6″ x 5′-6″ x 14″
Unverferth Fireplace
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Texas Cordova Cream Limestone
6′-6″ x 5′-6″ x 14″
Unverferth Fireplace
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Texas Cordova Cream Limestone
6′-6″ x 5′-6″ x 14″
Unverferth Fireplace
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Texas Cordova Cream Limestone
6′-6″ x 5′-6″ x 14″

 

Unverferth Fireplace Original design by Dale Johnson Texas Cordova cream Limestone 6'-6" x 5'-6" x 14"
Unverferth Fireplace
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Texas Cordova cream Limestone
6′-6″ x 5′-6″ x 14″