Saturday, July 31, 2010

St. Theresa Installation

Friday, July 30 was the day agreed upon for installing the new stone bases for the marble statues in St. Theresa Catholic Church's Cemetery.

Vessels Trucking had donated the use of their truck and trailer to transport the carved bases to Charlestown Monument Company where they were lettered. They had also transported the cut blocks from Victor Oolitic Stone Company in Bloomington, Indiana (where the stone was quarried) to our studio. Francis Mattingly had donated the use of his tractor (and time) to set the 1,500 lb. stones and the 2 marble statues.

We set the base for the St. Joseph sculpture first. Left to right: Marion Manning, me, Frankie Vessels and Pat Barr. Also present was Hurschel Hardesty, Meg White and Francis Mattingly who operated his tractor.

We rigged up the base for the Virgin Mary sculpture next.

Then, we slowly moved toward one of two concrete footers that had been made by Bill Youart.

It was a bit of a trick to get the rigging out from under the 1,500 lb. bases. There were enough people to make it go smoothly. There's no way I could have done this by myself.

The marble statues had been in safe storage in one of the buildings on the church grounds, while the footers and bases were being made. I was very impressed with these pieces, which I'm sure are Italian made.

We carefully loaded them for the trip over to the cemetery.

The next step involved drilling holes in the 2 bases and in the bottoms of the marble statues for the stainless steel pins. Frankie is checking my progress with a square to make sure that I keep the holes straight.

We set the Virgin Mary sculpture first. After setting the piece 'dry', we lifted it again to apply the monument epoxy.

Once St. Joseph was set into place, the hard part was over. The sculptures are now back as centerpieces for the cemetery. (all photos by Meg White)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Lightning on the Line

Last week, we got a 6:05 a.m. wake-up call from a lightning bolt hitting our phone line.

Lightning entered our house through this telephone interface. It took out a telephone, answering machine, 2 wall receptacles and a computer. It's always something.

I finally finished this granite bench, entitled "Felicity". It took a LOT longer (and more diamond blades) than I originally planned. Granite is not a sculptural medium to be taken lightly - it's tough! You can see more pictures and pricing for this piece on

I just finished restoring this Daisy birdbath for Edith Bingham. She had commissioned the original piece in April, 1991.

It inspired me to make this "Wild Sunflower" birdbath.

You can see more information about this piece, including pricing, on

On Sunday, July 18, Jim and Virginia Harrington celebrated their 50th anniversary in this beautiful lodge at Camp Carlson.

Before we went home, I wanted to see if I could find this cave that I remembered from my Boy Scout days. I was about age 12 when I'd last visited this place.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Civil War Re-enactment in Brandenburg

(all photos by Meg White. If you use any of these images, be sure to give Meg credit.)

Saturday, July 10, Meg and I drove down to the riverfront park in Brandenburg to watch the Civil War re-enactment.

Turned out that one of our good friends, Eddie Franke, was involved. This was Eddie's 'crib' for the weekend.

The battle began at 3. Eddie is in the light blue shirt. His son is the one past him with the leveled gun.

They faced calvary charges...

...and cannon fire.

The dead littered the field.

Eventually, the confederate leader had to admit defeat.

The union leader leveled charges as they negotiated the surrender.

The crowd loved it. Great job, guys!