Sunday, October 11, 2009

Roanoke benches and Centre Reunion

Starting with business first...

Work continued all week on the first of 2 benches for Highland Park in Roanoke, Virginia. I further refined the intertwining forms by applying a spiraling chisel texture, using an Italian made carbide chisel.

The sculpture was then stood upright, so that I could shape the curved inner form.

This is how it looked at the end of the week.

...and this is the view from the other side. I've been pleasantly surprised with the rate of progress, which is great, because I will have to switch gears for the next 2 weeks to install the Home of the Innocents monuments. The preview dedication is October 26th (coming up too fast!).

...and now for something completely different...There was a gathering of my fraternity brothers and other Centre friends at Dan French's house this Saturday.

Here's a picture of most of the attending alumni. Starting from left to right: (please forgive, and help correct, any misspellings or errors) Me, and Dan French's oldest son (break dancing?), Mark Kowalk (with bottle), Dan French (on knees), Richard Rolfes, Miles Barkley, Robert Groves, Suzanne Humphreys, Larry Pritchett (in back, check out, Dean Langdon ( with cellphone cam), Ray Edwards, Phil Recob, Kent and Brent Ballow, Reid Geiler, Cindy Pierce-Perkins, Kevin Perkins, and David Thomas. Later, we were joined by Ellen Bush, Mike McGurn, Tom Thurman, Latelle Lafollette, and David Ely. An awesome grouping of people!

Everyone was checking out this cool banner drawn by Ray Edwards. How do you catch up 25 years with a group like this, in a short few hours? You can't...just hang out and sing along with Larry and Richard while they play guitar, and enjoy the moment.

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