Category Archives: Fine Art

Wildwood Flower Wood Carving, a Tribute to Song

Jake Cress of Fincastle, Virginia carved this musical wood plaque out of cherry, in tribute to the ubiquitous four petaled dogwood tree – – and to the song “Wildwood Flower” by the Carter Family, also from Virginia. Of course you’ve heard it, but … Continue reading

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Restoration of Plaster Stations of the Cross, Uncovering Original Intent

VKRestoration of Holyoke, Massachusetts notes that regardless of the convictions of the restorer, restoration of religious icons imposes another layer of accountability, beyond materials, and that is the understanding of the symbolic meaning of color and form. These fourteen Stations of … Continue reading

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Sculpture Reveals the Working Character of Copper

This public sculpture in copper, by metalworker Pat Downing, of San Diego, CA shows what a subtle and expressive element is the metal copper. Using a technique called “foldforming”, the artist is exploiting the extreme malleability of this metal, once one masters … Continue reading

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Victorian Period Wallpaper Installation, Walls and Ceiling

Bradbury and Bradbury, the manufacturer of the wallpaper for this complex installation, furnished precise plans for the layout, based upon the measurements that they received.  Takoma Paperhangers, Inc., Takoma Park, Maryland, the installers, had to replicate this layout exactly in … Continue reading

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Conservation of Period “Life” Cast of Venus de Milo.

Presumably, if you were to stop by the Louvre and attempt to make a plaster cast of the original  Venus De Milo, security would have something to say about it, and no, they probably would not bother to refund your … Continue reading

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Detailed Corvette Weathervane

Corvette weathervanes are a thing, Google the phrase and you will see that everybody wants one. That said, only one person gets to have the best Corvette weathervane. The customer for this full bodied 3 foot model (5 foot arrow!) … Continue reading

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Classical European Decorative Pattern Book

John Learnard of Color Alchemist in Washington, DC, is always seeking new ideas for traditional decoration of walls and ceilings. Intricate period decorative concepts weren’t developed on the fly, but from established designs, gathered together and published in “pattern” books. He … Continue reading

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Steel Dragon Sculpture Comes to Life Full Size

John Graney, of J.F. Graney Metal Design in Sheffield, Massachusetts, applies artistry and technical mastery every day to producing custom ornamental iron gates of the utmost beauty and flawless performance. For this commission, however, they brought a 100 year old Cambodian Dragon … Continue reading

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Learning Traditional Woodcarving from a Master

Guild Member Dimitrios Klitsas and his art are heir to a classical lineage of many styles which draws upon a long refined tradition.  This lineage has not generally prospered in our time but nonetheless has come to a vigorous flowering … Continue reading

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Bringing Life to Architecture through the Classical Art of Hand Carved Ornament

Expressive ornament is risky to execute whether it is architectural or a tattoo.  It had better be well conceived or it will not wear well.  According to Guild Member Dimitrios Klitsas, master wood carver, the piece is an expression of the … Continue reading

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