Monday, February 27, 2012

In The Arms of the Angels...

Angels are in popular demand in 2012, and we have several styles available. Don't see what you are looking for here? Call us and we will design a custom angel for your loved one. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Sweet Little Pooh Bear

Such a Cute Little Guy!
Perhaps the thing that struck me most about Nathan Peak was his cute little glasses combined with his contagious little smile; it always seems like the little guys that hurt the most wear the biggest smiles.

Little Nathan Peak was a warrior of sorts. He had been dealt a rough combination of Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifda, CP and blindness. And as if that weren't enough, sweet little Nathan  suffered a stroke at 6 months of age and was eventually in stage 2 respiratory failure. It is more than any child or parent should have to endure...but they seem to have made the best of it that they possibly could.

When I first met Christina, Nathan's mother, she had a smile just as beautiful as Nathan's. Despite all of the pain and heartache she and her husband were feeling inside, they were ready to place a memorial for their sweet son and they had an idea of what they were looking for: a black teddy bear in honor of their little "Pooh Bear".

Mom and Dad with their little Pooh Bear

It's easy to see why his parents affectionately called him Pooh Bear- he's just a precious little squeezable bundle of cuddles and love. Of course it is difficult to sum up such a beautiful life on just one memorial, so the family chose to focus on Nathan's personality and character traits that truly defined who he was. After considering several design ideas, they decided that a teddy bear memorial would be the perfect tribute for their little Pooh Bear.

When the family mentioned they were interested in a teddy bear for Nathan, we were able to show them pictures of similar bears we had done in gray and begin to work on a design specifically for Nathan's memorial. Once we determined what the monument was going to look like, we placed an order to have the specially cut and polished. When the shape was complete we were finally able to bring this little bear to life and turn him into a beautifully timeless memorial for one sweet little Pooh Bear.  

Friday, February 10, 2012

Rustic Elegance in Memorial Art

Emerson Monument Company recently placed a new monument on display!  This Georgia Gray double monument features a beautiful shell rock finish and shape carved roses- perfect for a couple that loved the rustic luxuries in life. This monument may also be dressed up with a round flower pot (seen on the left) or may have a more casual appearance with a square flower pot (seen on the right).

When I refer to a "shell rock border", I am referring to the rocky border surrounding the smooth (i.e. polished) face. The term "shape carved" refers to a method of carving in which we use a hand held sandblaster to artfully shape the flowers so that they look dimensional as opposed to the traditional flat carvings. Our mastercraftsman, Tony, has been shape carving at Emerson since the early 1980's and is the finest shape carver in the industry; you simply will not find art like his anywhere else.                                                                                          

Shape carved flowers, leaves and ivy not only look great with shell rock borders, but they also look nice on colored granites. In fact, if you look closely at the monuments on our website or on our display, you will notice that several of them feature beautiful shape carving that truly seems to bring the greenery to life.

Shell rock borders also look great on uniquely shaped monuments such as the ever-popular scallop shaped monument. The monument in the photo to the right is an Ebony Mist Scallop designed for two people. If you were to select this memorial, your sir name would be engraved toward the top while your name and date, as well as those of your companion, would be engraved in the scroll down below.

This single  monument features a shell rock broder surrounding the polished arrowhead shape. While the shell rock border does dress the arrowhead down a little, it also seems to add an element of texture and beauty to the shape. What a perfect monument for someone who loved archiology, Native American history or the outdoors.

I hope that you have found this post helpful in coming up with memorial ideas. As you can see, there are many simple but elegant components you may add to a granite memorial to truly make it different.

If you would like to begin designing a memorial or have some ideas that you would like to share, please contact Emerson Monument Company and a member of our staff will be glad to visit with you.