Jerry has finished this 8-ft long mantel for our customers in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The design features their favorite views, including Pike's Peak, Garden of the Gods, the "Kissing Camels" formation, ponderosa pine and aspen trees, and many animals indigenous to the area. Check out the finished photos below!
Carving Finished: Face of Mantel (from left)
Approved Design: Whole
November 28, 2019
When I opened the crate, I cried. Your art is that beautiful. It far exceeds my every expectation, and for that I thank you.
I've spent my life working with creatives and gifted artisans. I have been wowed often by amazing talent. Yours surpasses everything else I've encountered. You left me stunned and in absolute awe. I told my wife that in the Old Testament days, you'd have been entrusted with creating the most visible and valuable pieces of sculpture in the temple of God. And your name would have been captured in Scripture. You are worthy of that level of honor.
I'm guessing the fine detail and depth of field of this Rocky Mountain High project were among the toughest you've ever been tasked with. There were ten thousand places you could easily have cut corners. You clearly chose not to, and gave this commission the very best of your ability. Its complications inspired you to greatness.
I feel this finished work belongs in a museum or in some grand public place or holy space. For now, it will reside in more humble surroundings at our home in the forest. Many will have the opportunity to sit at the fireplace and amidst the space we are having built for it. All will learn your name and hear the story of your creation and how it came to be.
I have prayed for you every step of the way, all these months. I am glad God sustained and inspired you and now I pray he will also bless you for your faithfulness in using the gifts he generously bestowed upon you.
With my utmost respect and appreciation this Thanksgiving day,