And although there is always an appreciation for the skill needed to carve hands placed over on another or clasped in prayer, it is the faces that move us the most. The painstaking care used to deeply incise facial features, down to individual hairs in eyebrows, beards, and moustaches reflects the skill and talent of master craftsmen.
We often wonder about those faces. In the cases where the likeness of the departed one is carved into - or out of - the stone, we wonder if the stone was carved before or after death. Did the stone carver meet his subject, or was he working from a photo?
Calvary Cemetery, Little Rock, Pulaski County
Mount Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, Pulaski County
Pinecrest Memorial Park, Alexander, Saline County St. Ignatius Cemetery, Scranton, Logan County