My sister’s son’s fifth grade class wanted their class donation to the school to be a memorial to the school’s founder and patron. I flew to Tulsa to install it and meet the class, and spend some time with my nephews.
The image was suggested by the class, and I sent a sketch for approval. They liked it. I had each kid in the class write the alphabet and write from 1 to 10, and blew up the results to form the font. The kids had fun trying to guess whose were used.
I sent progress pics as I carved, along with little explanations. The kids loved it.
The finished piece, dedicated and permanent.
This plaque was commissioned by a man whose back was broken (causing a total paralysis of my client) by an overzealous security guard at a local retailer who mistakenly thought the man that commissioned this was shoplifting. My client grew up in Amish country in Pennsylvania and asked for an image he could look at from the breakfast nook of his new home. Yes, you should reread what you just read. Tragic story. Honored to have been able to be of help in my own small way.
This plaque went to Pennsylvania somewhere- I had hoped to remember to ask the client to send a pic of it after it was installed in his stone barn’s wall, but, alas, I got busy and forgot to ask. I hope it looks good a decade + later.
This crazy idea was not mine, it was the homeowner’s. Cool image, but it doesn’t tell the time. Hmm. I went along, they loved it.
This collaborative design is tghe result of a design session between myself, assistant Matthew Palmer, and the client. It was a birthday present to her husband as their house was being built. The symbolism is personal. Very cool.
This pediment piece was carved by Jack Arnold; one of his first solo pieces. Jack went on to assist me for a total of eleven years, lasting only until the work load dried up after the recession to the point that we couldn’t sustain. I miss Jack.
This plaque was my first commission in stone, 1989. It was installed over the door of a home in New Albany, Ohio. I feel like I started well, but baby, I’ve come a long way!
This was my first piece carved for Lang Stone after I left Solazzo. I stand by the interpretation of the original fresco, but I am able to laugh at my early crest attempt along with you…