Latest Project

Recently, I completed The Tree, a 5'x5' stained glass window for clients Russ and Gail Agard of Hamden, Ohio.

From the beginning, this window proved challenging. I first had to build a workspace big enough to support the window throughout the construction process. Due to the size of the window, steel rods were used to strengthen the piece and were carefully incorporated into the design as part of the tree trunk.

Over two hundred individual pieces of glass were used, including pale blue antique glass for the sky and background. This was Gayle's idea to insure that there would always be a blue sky when anyone looked out the window. The streaky brown-granite glass gives a realistic and textured look to the tree bark. Look carefully to see the woodpecker in the center of the tree trunk. The leaves match the room color perfectly, and the stunning oak frame was made by Russ in his basement workshop.

Delivering the window presented yet another challenge. To keep the piece stable, it would need to remain vertical at all times. Friends suggested using a horse trailer to transport the piece, and Harold and Cathy Lamprecht of Middlefield, Ohio, volunteered the use of one of their trailers.

Four people were required to carry the window into the house. Two volunteers on a scaffolding installed the window several feet above the fireplace mantle. Although the window took over two months to complete, the installation went quickly, taking only about an hour.

What is truly unique about this window is the illusion that the stained glass tree is part of the small forest behind the Agard's home. In the works are two smaller windows to accompany the larger piece. These smaller versions continue the "forest" with additional stained glass "tree tops".