Our Stone Carver, Ryan Watson was honored when asked to take on this project. Watson worked diligently with the home owners to design their very own personalized Family Crest. Watson uses both a pneumatic hammer as well as a mallet and chisel to create all of his hand carved pieces. The pneumatic hammer dates back to 1880 and helps to speed up the process. The chisels used are the same, but the difference is that in the same amount of the time it takes the pneumatic hammer to produce 100 small strokes, the hand mallet produces around 10 strokes. Watson continues to use hand mallets when working on the more intricate areas of his carvings achieving what you see here. Stay tuned for this weeks progress, installation pics to follow!
Above are some of the chisels Our Stone Carver, Ryan Watson bought while working with Walter S. Arnold on the Chicago Board of Trade building. These tools predate the depression of 1929, most of which have the carvers names punched right into them from over 80 years ago!
The family crest will soon be installed above this double-sided fireplace which we did the masonry for early summer. This fireplace stands at the homes newly renovated grand entrance.
Here is a full view of the homes exterior, a project that we also completed this year. For the full story click HERE!
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