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My First Sculpture – Wings

In early spring 2007 I took a 3-part class in Sculpting from Matt Weir at Bernheim Forest – Clermont, KY. I never really pursued much in the way of artistic activities except drawing when I was a kid/teenager. But at age 47 I had admired stone sculptures for awhile and wondered about attempting it myself. I didn’t know how to go about achieving it though. Then along came this class offered by Bernheim – so […]

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Elysium's Knot Garden (five years)

Knot Garden

Elysium’s Knot Garden . . . . My wife and I always make a point of visiting gorgeous public gardens when traveling.  The beauty is breathtaking and inspiring!  Of particularly fascination for me are those places that include a “knot” garden.  “Knot,” meaning that two or more varieties of plants are arranged in an intricate pattern and trimmed such that they appear to be a ribbon passing over-and-under each other – giving a knot effect. 

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Our gardens, 2008

The creation of our gardens – Elysium

My wife Debbie and I cut our teeth attempting our small landscape in our first tiny home.  At that time we couldn’t tell you the name of most plants and shrubs.  We moved into our current home in May 1989.  Although the house was only thirteen years old at the time, it needed work to achieve the potential that Deb and I saw in its structure and grounds. Here are a series of before-during-after photos

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What Does “Creating & Building” Include?

For use on this website it specifically refers to those activities for which I have a direct interest in learning about or (more importantly) actively participating. These are the activities that I involve myself which give me the satisfaction of actually producing something of value and/or beauty. There are a large number of hobbies and activities we as members of the human race can find fulfillment. I’ll only be addressing those for which I actually

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