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Author Topic: Blind Blake's gravestone is finished!  (Read 2277 times)

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Offline Cartouche

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Blind Blake's gravestone is finished!
« on: September 01, 2012, 11:40:53 AM »
(cross posted over at SGGW)
I just wanted all you BB fans to know that my wife and I finished the gravestone that we're donating to be placed at Blind Blake's grave. We'll be shipping it out this coming week to Angela Mack in Grafton, WI, who will arrange for installation at the cemetery.

The stone is a 2ft x 1ft black granite marker, and to make it super special, my wife put a primo hand etching of Blake's portrait on the stone. I hope everyone likes it!

Here's a few photos of the process and the finished stone....

We carve lettering first with BB's info, then use his picture to transfer a line image of his portrait onto the granite with red contact paper.


Temporary line image is on the stone and ready for etching.


My wife etches the portrait permanently onto the stone with a diamond-tip electro-stylus.


Finished stone, ready for its journey to Grafton. Sorry for the reflections, it's hard to get a good photo with the shiny finish.




Thanks,
Marc





Offline eric

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Re: Blind Blake's gravestone is finished!
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2012, 12:03:46 PM »
That's a beautiful job.  A piece of blues history, and a great tribute to Blake.  Thanks.
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Offline Johnm

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Re: Blind Blake's gravestone is finished!
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2012, 12:08:17 PM »
Yes, thanks to you and your wife for doing such beautiful work on the marker.
All best,
Johnm

Offline Pan

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Re: Blind Blake's gravestone is finished!
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2012, 12:39:49 PM »
I'm sure the fans of Blind Blake all over the world will want to thank you. My thanks from Finland via Berlin!

Cheers

Pan

Offline Rivers

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Re: Blind Blake's gravestone is finished!
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2012, 01:23:48 PM »
Congratulations on creating such a fine piece of work. This story gives me warm fuzzies and goosebumps simultaneously.

Offline Stuart

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Re: Blind Blake's gravestone is finished!
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2012, 04:56:59 PM »
Hi Marc:

A big thank you to you and your wife for a job well done. It really is a masterpiece.

Offline unezrider

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Re: Blind Blake's gravestone is finished!
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2012, 12:11:21 AM »
that looks amazing! well done!
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Offline uncle bud

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Re: Blind Blake's gravestone is finished!
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2012, 06:09:38 AM »
Thanks for sharing those photos with us as well, Marc. It's nice to see the whole process. Great job.

Offline Mike Shipman

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Re: Blind Blake's gravestone is finished!
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2012, 06:53:33 AM »
Wow - that is fantastic! - a brilliant remembrance for a great artiste.
Mike Shipman
New Forest - Hampshire, UK.

Offline Gumbo

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Re: Blind Blake's gravestone is finished!
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2012, 07:28:33 AM »
Lovely to see the illustration is hand drawn - that's really lovely work and i wish i could do half as well with a pencil!

Offline orvillej

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Re: Blind Blake's gravestone is finished!
« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2012, 09:34:18 AM »
That is beautiful. Thanks for doing such a great job to commemorate such a great artist.

Offline Jay Bee Rodriguez

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Re: Blind Blake's gravestone is finished!
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2013, 02:19:37 PM »
Superb work on the Blake's gravestone!
I would like to learn (online) something about technics and stuff about stone gravure (I am graphic designer and illustrator profesionally since many years ago). Could you please share here some interesting links about the subject? Thanks so much and greetings from Madrid.

Offline Mr.OMuck

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Re: Blind Blake's gravestone is finished!
« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2013, 08:09:03 PM »
Great job! Amazing work by the Mrs. in translating the photo. A first rate illustration! :)
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Offline Cartouche

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Re: Blind Blake's gravestone is finished!
« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2013, 03:45:23 AM »
Thanks for the kudos, fellas! I passed the verdict on to Mrs. Cartouche and she's satisfied, tickled too by the positive feedback.

Jay Bee, feel free to send my a pm with any questions and I'll be happy to give you some insight into the design and fabrication process. I wouldn't want to clog the board with non-CB stuff.

Thanks,
Marc

Offline crawlinkingsnake

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Re: Blind Blake's gravestone is finished!
« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2013, 07:04:29 PM »
beee-uuu-teee-ful!

and in light of the Tommy Johnson headstone situation.... big time thanks!

 


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