- Architectural Details
Ralph Irwin Studios (2002-2008)
- Ralph Irwin Studios was invited by Hanna Oil and Gas to produce a number of details for their new corporate office in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The projects shown here are of Ralph Irwin's designs and is meant to highlight my background and fabrication abilities.
- A shale and limestone construction over a concrete block core (roughly 5'5" x 30' x 2')
- The details of the conference room provided by Ralph Irwin Studios are the hand-hammered copper and stained glass lights, conference table made in the Arts & Crafts style out of quarter-sawn white oak and slabs of 1" thick granite with fossilized ammonites.
- Carved and sandblasted stone works were a speciality of Ralph Irwin Studios and continues to be a passion of mine. We created a number of stone sculptures and architectural accents throughout Northwest and Central Arkansas.
- A Knight and His Lady was originally created for a private residence, but has since been donated to The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum. This work is made of St. Clair, which is a marble that is exclusively quarried just outside of Poteau, Oklahoma. The stele is roughly 7' x 4'6" x 2'. It was created by a combination of sandblasting a hand-cut stencil and direct carving with chisels.
- A Knight and His Lady (Lady on reverse) Detail.
- This St. Clair marble sculpture was commissioned for the St. Francis Crest subdivision along a planned walking trail within the community. I combined four different historical Celtic crosses to create this hybrid design. This work was created by a combination of sandblasting a hand-cut stencil and direct carving with chisels. The stone stands roughly 7' tall with a 4' span.
- A retirement center commissioned Ralph Irwin Studios to design and fabricate custom gas fireplaces for their locations in Chenal and Van Buren Arkansas. The stone was of our beloved St. Clair marble.