In the club mailbox on April 22, 2021 was a unique email. Ruth Stein, a resident of Florida, needed help renovating her grandmother's grave marker in Syracuse - the late Ratchel Slive who died in 1908. The marker was wood that was carved by her grandfather - Morris Slive - into some sort of wood, then painted. The paint was peeling. The cemetery maintenance staff had eaten away at the base of the market over time, clearing grass, etc. from around the marker. She was having a template made of the marker.
The club includes many talented members who work on many diverse projects. Within our Carvers SIG, we have a member who routinely works on religious-type projects, Arlie Howell. After a series of phone calls, emails, and discussion on project cost, a small group met at the cemetery to evaluate the project on May 13th. Ruth's cousin who lives in the Syracuse area, joined the group. Photos were taken, much discussion occurred, and follow-up emails happened.
Once in his shop, Arlie proceeded to remove the old paint from the surface. What he found below was a nearly intact carving completed by Morris, requiring only minor touch-up, mostly on the edges. As expected about a 10" piece had to be removed from the bottom due to damage. In the meantime, Charlie LaPrease was working on finding the right wood to replace it and create a sturdy base. After several discussions with others, he finally settled on Ipe. Doug North owned a piece that was perfect and dropped it off.
When Arlie dropped off the restored grave marker to Charlie for it's new base, the transformation was incredible. Multiple coats of base paint, detail painting, and several coats of final finish made it ready for prime time! Charlie then went to work assembling a base.
A date in between rain storms was schedule for install - July 8th.