This first photograph shows the design layout on the plaque blank, with outlines in place as guides for roughing out the background.
This shows the plaque after being roughed out with a small format router. This sets an even depth for the background of the plaque. From this point forward all the carving is done using hand tools.
A big jump to the finished carving – after many, many hours of work the fine details are all in place. I first carve the rough shapes for the entire design and then refine each element to its finished state.
This detail shows the book with Mr. Hirschfeld’s initials – marking the beginning of his Rectorship. The World Trade Center towers are on the right of the photograph with the 10th anniversary date of the 9/11 terrorist attack.
This detail shows the Delphian symbol – winners of the Club Cup for the 2011/2012 School year.
The Lindsay Center for Mathematics and Science is shown in this detail.
The snowman and Jack-O-lantern representing the Halloween storm that blanketed Millville in deep snow.
The next stage in the process involves sealing the plaque with oil and then painting it and adding the protective finish. The next time you will be able to see the plaque will be Anniversary weekend at the beginning of June of 2013. I’m looking forward to finishing the plaque and sharing it with all the members of the Form of 2012!