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Erik lives and works in northeastern Massachusetts, yet he drives 4+ hours to excavate Black Mountain rock to carve his functional garden sculptures. His one-of-a-kind mushroom tables and single-rock birdbaths are stunning examples of how beautiful a very simple idea can be.
the back story that inspires him
“In the spring of 2009 I was called to look at some granite in a farmer’s woods in Waldoboro, Maine. What I saw was jaw-dropping.” says Erik. “This granite was mined at the turn of the 20th c., brought down the mountain by teams of oxen, chisled by hand, and then loaded onto railroad cars for shipping to Boston, New York, Baltimore, Washington, and Chicago. This tiny quarry was owned and operated by the Hurricane Island Granite Company, which provided stone for the venerable New York Custom House and the Metropolitan Bank, as well as for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. And after hearing the story of how the granite came to be in these woods I bought every piece.”
the artisan’s statement
“The power and beauty found in stone helps me to reconnect with nature and history by its mere presence. Rocks inspire me because, throughout time, they have always symbolized strength and permanence.”
You are welcome to visit Erik’s studio to hand-pick the sculpture of your choice. If that is prohibitive, we’ll be happy to send you a photo to ensure your satisfaction. Each mushroom is approximately 3′ tall and one of a kind. Eric will personally install your mushroom for permanence and safety. We regret that we cannot yet install or ship Erik’s work beyond 100 miles of his studio in Haverhill, MA.
+$75. due on delivery & installation
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