Carved wooden capital for historic restoration / by James Gray

hand carved wooden drop finial for historic restoration

Working together with an architect in Milwaukee Wisconsin, I created this hand carved wooden drop finial, (photo is inverted), for an historic restoration of a wooden porch that was removed for rot in the 1920s, but is back in full glory now.  I have considerable experience with restoration of cathedral and ecclesiastical restoration, and commercial and high end residential restoration.  The acanthus type is unique to this home and my knowledge.  Seems to be more shamrock than acanthus :)

You can see on this historical photo around the time the mansion was built, the original shape and hand carved decoration.

You can see on this historical photo around the time the mansion was built, the original shape and hand carved decoration.

Progress shots of the porch reconstruction

Progress shots of the porch reconstruction

One of the full capitals during installation

One of the full capitals during installation

Mahogany capital ready for primer

Mahogany capital ready for primer