The Story of the Carpenter
In 1989 the board of directors of the UBC came to Gottschall’s Santa Fe studio and commissioned an original design for an edition of 20 quarter life bronzes; thus began the Carpenter’s series. These 20 small bronze sculptures, an icon representing the original founders of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, have been placed in private, public and corporate collections.
In 2001 the Carpenters called again, this time to create an updated heroic life-size version of the original ‘Carpenter’. These bronze sculptures reside in the UBC international headquarters, 101 Constitution Ave, Washington DC and the Carpenter’s Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada.
In 2004 RBG Studios was commissioned by the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters to create an origin bronze sculpture representing a group of carpenters working together to build the future. The project resulted in “Shoulder to Shoulder”, five half life size bronze carpenters with appropriate tools of the trade. These sculptures were placed in the LA office and training centers in California, New Mexico and Nevada.
We are deeply grateful to the artisans at Michael Hall’s Studio Foundry, Driftwood, TX and Deep in the Heart Art Foundry, Bastrop, TX for the great work they did producing these sculptures.