Walter S. Arnold, Sculptor/Stone Carver: Classically trained in Italy. Custom hand-carved stone sculpture. Made in the USA and Italy.

Walter S. Arnold Sculptor/Stonecarver: Classically trained in Italy. Custom hand-carved stone sculpture. Made in the USA and Italy.Classically trained in Italy. Custom, hand-carved, stone sculpture. Made in the USA and Italy.    Call for an estimate:  (847) 568-1188  or


Building my new studio:

I built a new, larger studio to give more room for carving and displaying my work

My wife digs the first shovelfull of dirt

Sept. 29, 2004 - my wife Fely breaks ground to begin construction

  our new home in the fall


Our new property includes a small Cape Cod house and a creek. The new studio will be connected to the house.
Brewster Creek
excavation studio foundation formwork

First two weeks of October: Layout, excavation and pouring the foundation

studio construction
foundation near completion
Oct. 15, the foundation is almost done
Vito and Louie finsh concrete
Oct. 19, Vito and Louie from Malibu Construction finish the foundation
foundation footings gravel truck foundation piers
Oct. 25, the foundation is done Nov. 7, the rain has slowed things down, and the ground is muddy, but with the delivery of gravel for the driveway work resumes. Nov. 8, The foundation has been backfilled with gravel and the masons have erected the block piers. These will form the corners of the building. The carpenter will frame the walls next and then the masons will clad the piers and part of the walls with limestone
framing the walls stone delivery raising the wall
Nov. 10, the carpenters have started rough framing. The first trailer load of stone has been delivered. These are salvaged 5" thick panels of Indiana limestone with a broached (machine tooled texture) finish, rescued from an old Chicago building. I'll need to cut them to size to clad the columns and part of the face of the studio. Nov. 15, the walls have been framed.
winter construction trusses roof trusses
Nov. 25, the walls are framed and plumbing work is underway. Waiting for the roof to go on... Dec. 3, the trusses and roof panels are here, we've started raising the roof!
sawing stone installing sips panels rough interior
Dec. 4, stone panels are cut to size so they can clad the exterior columns and the lower part of the wall. Dec. 6, it took one day for the carpenters and crane to install the roof panels. I used SIPS, structural insulated panels. Here the last of the large 8' x 24' panels is being lowered into place. The interior of my new studio, with a roof over my head.
pettibone lull Jim and Sasha burn barrel
Dec. 10, it's cold and the ground is rough, so the masons brought in a huge all-terrain forklift to set the stone around the columns. Jim Rossi of Malibu Construction, the concrete contractor, and Sasha Epelev of Envision construction, my general contractor, debate philosophy. Dec. 11, with a burn barrel to keep warm a mason is cutting a stone panel, while a carpenter works on the gable.
wiring in walls shingles copper horse weathervane
Dec. 12, the electrician starts work. Dec. 16, the roof is being shingled and we've brought in temporary heat- note the 500 gallon propane tank. The roofers installed an antique copper weathervane, a horse. This was a gift from the client for whom I did the five Wisconsin Gargoyles.
interior framing studio in the snow stone panels
Dec. 23-24. The outdoor temperature hit 0 Farenheit, (-17 C.), with a wind chill factor of -17F (-27C). The electrician is running conduit and the HVAC (heating-air conditioning) person has started installing ductwork. Dec. 25, with a dusting of Xmas snow. All the windows are in place, I still need a few doors and the siding above the stone panels. A detail of the stone cladding on the front of my studio.
large garage door insulatng the walls  
Jan 8, 2005. The garage door has arrived. Interior walls are in place. Soffits are done, we're ready for gutters, and the siding which goes above the stone was delivered today. Heaters have been installed and insulation is being stuffed between the studs.  
paladiana marble floor crazy paving marble floor  
Gino and Fely set the marble floor in the showroom "Palladiana" marble floor  
winter studio summer studio  
I moved in mid winter, Feb. 2005 And here's a summer view  

ribbon cutting ceremony
Cutting the ribbon

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