Porch Stories are a collection of custom works that have a story to tell. Each piece is different and each piece helps to exemplify the range and originality that can be applied to this medium. Stained Glass is simply a medium with special properties and limitations?not unlike any other art form. So pretend you have been invited over to have an informal visit and you are interested in having something specially made in this unique medium of Stained Glass.

I was asked to reproduce a particular sail boat with the famous Hawaiian ‘Diamond Head’ in the back ground. This couple, who were in their later years, met as teenagers on Waikiki beach before the boom years and sailed and surfed and fell in love and married because of their shared experiences there. They wanted a memento of their idyllic youthful time when they were enjoying their Heaven on Earth.
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I had to smile at this one. We don’t exclude whimsy when it comes to Stained Glass. The specific instructions were: "I want the out house at night with a big harvest moon in the back ground." I tried to make it look like it’s lit inside and muted colors for night with a big orange harvest moon to cap it off. They loved it!

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This was a gift to a favorite uncle who lived to hunt deer. So I got the sketched cover and was ask to make this picture look like it was at dusk?almost dark. It was not an easy request but both were happy with the results.

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I was repairing a rather devastated front door stained glass panel. The aftermath of a teenage party gone wild during the parents absence. I am always in need for repairs due, in large part to, teenagers and large pets. Anyway, the father happened to observe, as I was preparing to leave after a successful repair, my noticing some TWA pilot?s wings just lying on an entry table. He told me that he was a retired TWA pilot and could I possibly make a replica of his wings in stained glass as a memento of his history with the world famous airlines. He was a very happy client when I produced the above piece. The stained glass panel below the ?wings? pin is the same as the above panel with daylight.
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Many times will have a piece of wall paper to work with to create stained glass inserts;  for cabinets or other possible applications.

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 There have been times when I am given a special card to work with that is a keep sake that is fading away. This Christmas card arrived after the giver had passed away and her daughter had kept it for several years. The daughter wanted to have a more permanent version to pass down to her daughter.

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When I was first starting out in this field my main use for stained glass was sun-catchers.

It is not a practical way to earn a living in this economy, but the creativity can be seen in this collection of Halloween pieces from many Halloweens ago. I hope you like them.







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