Friday, September 25, 2009


Some of these have been posted on my other blog, but here are some great tombstones from local cemeteries.  There are all kinds of fonts, carvings, bas relief carvings, shapes of stones to be copied.

You could carve a hand pointing downwards instead.

Beautiful leaves, and lovely stone.

More leaf placement.

I don't know what you'd call this shape:

Very elaborate.

Love the curves of the top and the dove.

Banner, books, arches--all carved into one stone.

Gorgeous obelisk

Different colored rose added to carvings

This one lies flat on the ground but has some sort of leaves as well as an outer border.

Creepy inscription

Simple lines with flowers in the corners

Different shape

The inside of this reminds me of police badges

Difficult to see, but very elaborate

Almost completely worn down, but I like the vine growing over the top.

Husband's name, but not the wife's

Very shallow carving

Textured obeslisk

Scroll and flower

Odd outside stonework with marble insides

The hand again, but look at the fonts and baseline.  Also the discoloration.

Another obelisk, this time from Woodmen of the World.

Twin headstones for Irish twins, who also died within 2 weeks of each other.

Their parents,  with lovely carvings there, too.

Old shape, carving, discoloration

First name carved on top, with more info and carvings below.

I'm not up to much of this skill level yet,  and will not be making my own tombstones this year, but maybe next year. 


  1. what do you mean irish twins? they were born about a year apart!

  2. That's the definition.

    Definition: The term is used to describe two children born to the same mother in the same calendar year or within twelve months of each other. The phrase originated as a derogatory term associated with Irish immigration to the United States and England in the 1800's. The implication was that large groups of close-in-age siblings were the result of uneducated, poor Irish Catholic families' lack of birth control as well as self-control.
    In modern use, the term is not intended as an insult, but rather a description of siblings born close together. Irish twins are not actually twins and they are not the same as having twins, which are defined as two siblings born from the same gestation.