The art of remembering!


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9-11 Birdbath Memorial

How are you?....Is everyone in your family OK?...
These are the conversations we were having with each other 17 years ago after the horrors of September 11th.

Stortly after 9/11, I received a call from a woman who said, “My husband was killed in the North Tower but I feel blessed because I received a body.” My mind couldn’t comprehend what she was saying...I was thinking...of course you should receive a body when your husband dies! But that was not the case for most of the families that day. I designed and carved her husbands monument and it rests over his grave.

Then a second call came to my studio from a husband who wanted to remember his wife. She was also killed in the towers. Her body was never recovered. Together we designed this stone bowl that rests in an herb garden at Historic Deerfield. The cooks garden was created in her honor and to remember her love for open hearth cooking. Thirteen herbs are hand carved on the edge. Each named so the viewer can identify the herb in the garden. Her name and a poetic verse circle round the inner rim.

As we reflect and remember where we were 17 years ago ... Let us continue to ask each other these questions ... How are you? How is your family? Then pause and truly listen.

With Gratitude,
Karin Sprague



Remembering Bud Collins


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"A line was formed and one by one we scooped a silver spoonful of Bud’s ashes and poured them into the open earth."

A final flute song was performed. The sound surrounded us and carried the Spirit of Bud Collins blessing us all with his joyful and wonderful love.

Call Karin Sprague at (401) 934-3105 to begin the process of designing a beautiful shared memorial in your cemetery.

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All life is sacred


You don’t have as much time as you think. Time flies, as you can see in this classic hand carved winged hour glass. The back of the monument is the epitaph, “All life is sacred“. This black English slate was carved in our RI studio and now rests in a NH Quaker cemetery.

Please call (401) 934-3105 so we may design your hand carved monument.

May your journey be joyful,

Karin Sprague

Bird Icon Revealed in Stone

Bird Icon Revealed in Stone

One tap at a time and the bird is revealed on the branch. Four photos showing the progression of a hand carved bird in Monson black slate by Javier Alfonzo.

Every stone tells a story.

With Gratitude,
Karin Sprague, Stone Carver

Cemeteries as Museums

I love to visit the older sections in cemeteries.The designs hand carved into monuments of a century ago inspire my own work. Recently ZI attended the Association of Gravestone Studies (AGS) (put link here please) in Danbury ,CT. Tours included Wooster Cemetery in Danbury, Sleepy Hollow in Terrytown, NY & The Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx. Ivy entwined raised letters in marble stopped me dead in my tracks. Detailed texture was woven with geometric patterns and hand carved in granite, banding an entire obelisk base. This month I applaud the stone carvers of yesterday and today who keep the craft alive and well!

With Gratitude,
Karin Sprague, Stone Carver

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