Since 1983, George Carruth has been creating wonderful cast images in stone from completely original designs carved from limestone and clay.
Initially, George's work was two-dimensional, in the form of illustrations for advertising. This was not the career of choice as the dream was always to sculpt for a living. But his wife, Deb, convinced him to "do what makes you happy," so a stone carver emerged.
Commissions from the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, an ornament for the White House Christmas Tree, pieces in permanent collections across the country all indicate George's prolific nature.
For more than two years, George and Deb earned a living by selling hand carved originals at juried shows and to fine galleries. When asked to put images into David Kay's catalogue, the first cast piece was born. Deb managed the packing, shipping, marketing and billing from their garage and basement.
George has explained his motivation for casting his work as a way to take an original carving that is well-crafted and make it available to many people. People from all over the world say that George's work makes them smile, which means they are sharing just a small part of the joy he feels when creating it. The medium has to carry only one message that the process was a lot of fun and the final piece represents the best of him.
The Carruth's now employ about 40 people, as well as a second sculptor who works directly under George.
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