‘Portrait of Hope’ Begins the Parade of Summer of Color.

‘Portrait of Hope’ Begins the Parade of Summer of Color.

Continuing from the previous post, the professional construction teams stormed the beaches with a screw gun in one hand and screws in the other to install the finished panels on the lifeguard towers ( with all the trimmings).

Amongst them was I and my team. In spite of being buffeted by the winds, and baked by the sun, we are honored to have participated in this transforming project by the Massey Bros.

The project now complete, we wish you all a color filled summer.

Installation Gallery:

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A Dream Comes True in the Summer of Color by ‘Portraits of Hope’

Summer of Color by ‘Portraits of Hope’

‘Portraits of Hope Project’:

(public art, creative therapy, community volunteerism, education….)

From the world renown beaches of Southern California (Zuma, Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Manhattan, Hermosa and Palos Verdes), the lifeguard towers, 156 total, will be transformed from plain to dramatic structures that will be viewed from land, sea and air.

Having set the stage, it was my good pleasure to assist the Massey Bros.  once again.

I was called upon for my expertise as a builder and artist.

First; my task was to verify all measurements for the panels. These were pre-outlined in black with appropriate patterns in preparation for painting. Approximately 6,000 people participated in the painting of the panels.

Second; as time was nearing for the installation of the panels, the railings of the lifeguard stations needed to receive a fresh look. Yellow, Orange, Green, Purple and Blue were the colors chosen. The railings were painted in sequence.

Third; with 1,200 plus participants, the 156 towers were to be painted in 4 hours. To achieve this, the week before, I instructed a team of volunteers re: the ‘how to’ paint the rails. this was filmed, to be viewed by 1,200+ volunteers.

During this time, a coordinated effort by Beach & Harbor and lifeguards, was made to prepare all supplies and material for each tower.

Thus, on Sunday the 25th of April, 1,200+ people stormed the beaches of Southern California with coffee in one hand and a paintbrush in the other. By midday the railings were done.

The following week, I and a small group of volunteers inspected and touched-up/cleaned-up where needed, all the towers.

The stations now ready, we did a test installation on the 11th of May on one tower to nip and tuck where necessary and to calculate and coordinate the official installation of the panels on the 18th of May.

For the next 2 to 3 weeks, these beaches will be filled with teams of volunteers to bring to fruition the ‘Summer of Color’.

Photo Gallery (courtesy of Loren Philip Photography):

To learn more about ‘Portraits of Hope’ and the Massey Bros. visit www.portraitsofhope.org.

To keep abreast of the progress you can also visit facebook/portraitsofhope.

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Pistol Grip Carving of PT-92 AF Taurus

Pistol Grip Carving of PT-92 AF Taurus


With the purchase of a new Articulating Trinocular Stereo Microscope in 2009, and having been pleased with the results of the Pistol Grip Carving of the P-228 Sig Sauer (re: previous post) as well as other wood carving and engraving projects, I decided to revisit my PT-92 AF Taurus Pistol Grip Carving. (see more Gunstock and Pistol Grip carvings).

This microscope gave for optimum magnification and clarity (with a variety of options terrific for fine details for wood carving and engraving) enabling me to refresh the Taurus Pistol Grip Carving. I first stripped the entire finish giving me a new canvas; thus making it possible to refine the original details of the carving. It also afforded me the opportunity to refinish the Pistol Grip and take new photos.

Pistol Grip Gallery:

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Pistol grip carving of P-228 Sig Sauer

Pistol grip carving of P-228 Sig Sauer

My most recent carving is a P-228 Sig Sauer pistol grip. This pistol grip was a special order by my client and was factory made of Rosewood.

The client requested an original design that would not only be unique but comfortable.

After the design was approved, I used my light table to create a mirror image with  a modification to account for the initials and safety button area.

The use of my light table saved me time and assured me there would be accurate continuity of the chain design at the seam after assembly.

In putting together the 2 halves of the grip, I used 2 bolts and wood spacer to hold the grip in the position resembling the pistol.

I positioned and glued the stencil with the final adjustment to assure the pattern matched at the seam.

Thus, I proceeded to carve. The carving complete, I used gold leaf inlay for initials; seal and finish.

Pistol Grip Gallery:

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