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2 8 G R A P H I C S P R O J U L Y 2 0 2 0 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M T hrough referral from some other clients, I was contact- ed by a local church about a possible donor project. When I first visited the church, it became clear to me that we were talking about a redo of an existing donor project. The church had created a memo- rial area on their grounds consisting of bricks with the donors' names blasted into them and color-filled. This had to have been done quite a few years back, because the bricks had deteriorated in our harsh weather conditions—hot sum- mers and winters with snow and freezing temperatures. In fact, many of the bricks had really disintegrated by the time I saw them. The big question was what to re- place them with. INITIAL PLANNING I told the lady in charge of the project that I would think about it and get back with her. I knew that I did not want to merely replace the bricks, since the same fate would befall them sooner or later. The grounds were quite beautiful with a meditation path winding through the property, and the area where the bricks were would lend itself to a place of medi- tation and reflection. Thinking of the church, I had this vision of three erect columns (representing the Trinity) with the donor names engraved onto them. As I kept thinking about that, I did not want to blast the names into our local sandstone. It would be costly to get the stone ground and flattened to a surface to blast the names into. Thinking about the many other me- morials we've done, I liked blasting into black granite with color-filled names. I decided to talk with a landscaper, who had done many stone projects and whom I had worked with before. In discussing the project, we arrived at the conclusion that we would get three large sandstone columns, then chisel out an area to re- ceive the granite slabs with all the names on them. PREP WORK This was at the beginning of last year. It turned out that it was not so easy to locate a quarry that could get us the col- umns we had envisioned. In fact, it took until the end of last year before the stones were available. In the meantime, we worked on get- ting the granite slabs made, typesetting the 350 names, and recreating the logo of the church, which an artist had hand- drawn for them without the availability of an electronic file. The layout of the names pretty much dictated the size that the granite slabs needed to be. The pieces turned out to be three by four feet in size and were two inches thick. Each slab weighed about 350 pounds, which made it essential to have help moving them around in the shop. By the time I received the granite pieces, Etch Masters Donor Monuments: Thinking Big SANDCARVING LARGE STONES B Y R U T H D O B B I N S A panel placed into the blast room. A W A R D S & C U S T O M I Z AT I O N Top: The stencil applied to the panels and peeled for blasting. (All images courtesy Ruth Dobbins) Above: The logo printed on inkjet film ready for photoresist production.

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