Frequently Asked Sculpture Questions

Q: How long does it take to make a sculpture from scratch?
A: It depends on the complexity of the design and the size of the piece. Anywhere from 2 to 8 months. If someone wants to commission a sculpture or painting as a gift for someone’s birthday for example, with a reasonable amount of notice, I can accommodate their deadline.

Q: How much does a custom sculpture cost?
A: Custom does not always mean expensive. I’ve made sculptures ranging in price from $850 all the way up to $25,000. A lot would depend on the complexity of the subject and the size. Sculpting an old time Ford Model T with spoke wheels, lantern headlights and intricate radiator grills would take quite a bit more time to carve than a wedge shaped Can Am car. I prefer to quote each project individually, and I do not exceed the quoted price.

Q: I want a Porsche sculpture but I don’t see the model I want on your web site?
A: Send me a picture or a description of the car you’re interested in and I’d be happy to discuss some ideas with you. If I have good reference materials to look at I can sculpt any automotive subject. I’ve even been asked to produce sculptures of air planes and boats. I truly enjoy working with clients on a special painting or sculpture and I'm up for any creative challenge.

Q: What’s the difference between a wood original and a cast plastic sculpture?
A: All my sculptures start out as hand-carved wood originals. For most of the new sculptures that I’m working on, I will make a mold from the original so I can make limited edition resin castings. The resin I use is similar to the resin material used in fibergalss Corvette bodies. The castings look identical to the original and are still quite rare, no two are ever painted exactly alike. Feel free to read the Process Article for further details.

Q: Some of the sculpture parts look delicate, do your sculptures ship OK?
A: I’ve never had a sculpture sent back to me because it got damaged in shipping. I build them to be very sturdy and I hide the hardware that’s holding them together. My large Racing Away sculpture was shipped all the way to Turku Finland and was installed on one of the largest cruise ships in the world. I’m happy to say it made it there in excellent condition. With normal common sense care, my sculptures will last several lifetimes.

Q: Do you do all the work on the sculptures?
A: I do all the design, fabrication, casting, painting and assembly work myself. To date, the only part of the creative process that I'm not completely responsible for is digital printing of sponsor decals. I work closely with a supplier who specializes in that process. They work from digital files I create on my computer.