Posts Tagged With: snowman

The 2012 Plaque is UP!

The plaque presentation ceremony on June 1st – as part of Alumni and Graduation weekend at SPS – saw a very good turnout from the Form of 2012 to see their newly completed name plaques and Form plaque.  The frame and date panels were late in arriving, so I set up a display of the plaque for that event:


Today, with much less fanfare but no less enthusiasm, the framed 2012 plaque was placed in its final spot in the Middle dining hall of Upper (Coit). The Form of 2012 had its representative today in the person of Amelia D., who is working as the summer intern at Ohrstrom Library.

Amelia is shown below with the finished plaque:


The 2012 date panels were hung earlier this week above the name panels:


Scott Russell from carpentry was on hand to hang the plaque:



The Form of 2012 plaque in its place:


And Amelia is shown posing before the Form of 2012 name panels where she saw her carved name for the first time today:


Thanks to Amelia, Scott, and all the representatives from the Form of 2012 for turning out to see the 2012 Form plaque!

Categories: Completed Plaques, Form of 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Form of 2012 Plaque

Here is a photograph of the completed plaque for the Form of 2012. It was dedicated on June 1, 2013 and hangs in the Middle Dining Hall of Coit (The Upper) above the panels that contain the names of all the members of the Form of 2012. Below the photo is the description of the elements incorporated in the plaque design.

The upper left corner of the plaque features an open book with the initials MGH carved onto the pages, representing the beginning of the Rectorship of Michael Gifford Hirschfeld, Thirteenth Rector of St. Paul’s School. The book symbolizes the Rural Record, a journal of day-to-day life that was kept at St. Paul’s School from 1857 into the early 20th century. The upper right corner shows the symbol for the Delphians – the Greek letter Delta surrounded by a laurel wreath – winners of the Club Cup competition for the School year. The upper center of the plaque has the World Trade Center towers and in the middle left section the date 9/11/11is carved – marking the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attack. A snowman holding a Jack-o-lantern is carved in the lower right corner of the plaque, representing the big snowstorm on Halloween – the only significant snowstorm of the winter season. To the left of the snowman is the newly constructed Lindsay Center for Mathematics and Science, dedicated on November 29, 2011.

Categories: Completed Plaques, Form of 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Form of 2012 Plaque Progress: Plaque Complete


The Form of 2012 plaque is now complete.  The above photograph shows a sample of the color finish on the plaque, the bottom right corner featuring the snowman holding a pumpkin.  This part of the design represents the heavy snowfall that we had on Halloween last year.

The completed framed plaque will be revealed on Anniversary Weekend on Saturday June 1st – at which time photographs of the finished plaque will be published online.  Thank you to the representatives from the Form of 2012 for your help with this project, I am looking forward to seeing you back at SPS at Anniversary to celebrate your new Form plaque!

Categories: Carving Process, Form of 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2012 Form Plaque Progress: Carving Complete

The carving process for the 2012 Form plaque is complete.  Below are some photographs of the carving process, with details of the finished carving as well.

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!

Categories: Carving Process, Form of 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blog at