Isaiah, The Ancient Stone Carver

As my wife and I were on walkabout shortly after the annual pet parade through the Ellicottville, NY Music festival, a very interesting sight caught my eye. All the way at the end of the street by himself stood Isaiah. As you can see by the photos and video, Isaiah himself is enough to draw attention.

Isaiah, The Ancient Stone Carver

But what really caught my attention was that he was chiseling away at a stone slab, slowly fining and revealing his vision for what this stone would become. The word “currahee” written in pencil down a sketch outline of a knife blade. Currahee is said to be the scream of an eagle, it is the motto of the US Army 101st Airborne division Screaming Eagles, of which my father is a retired Lt. Col. It’s true meaning is a Cherokee word that means “stand alone” this is also where the US Army Slogan “Army of One” is derived. This originated from the WWII 506th Paratrooper Infantry division that trained on Currahee Mountain in Georgia.

Isaiah, The Ancient Stone Carver
Isaiah, The Ancient Stone Carver

When we approached him I never expected what would happen next. We were, of course, enjoying a couple of fine cigars, when in the midst of chiseling he turned and said “ I thought I smelled cigars, those smell so good” And I’m sure we all know what happened next as I pulled out the travel humidor and offered him his choice. My wife and I walked around the festival a bit and circled back around to Isaiah who was now happily chiseling and puffing away.

Isaiah, The Ancient Stone Carver
Isaiah, The Ancient Stone Carver

We started to chat again and what he was telling me was incredible. I stopped him, and asked him to start over. This time I was going to record it. It needed to be.

So who is Isaiah?

Isaiah is a writer. Sure he writes books, For over 20 years, Isaiah has specialized in writing resume’s, proposals & speeches, but wait there’s more! He does something drastically different with his writing in a more prolific and permanent way. He carves it in stone. Not just in English, he also writes in Wesgrekian and/or Greek and we’ve all heard the expression “etched in stone” expressing permanence. Anyone familiar with the Ten Commandments, or the code of Hammurabi?

Isaiah is considered an “Ancient Stone Carver” in that he only uses hammer’s and chisels for most of his stone artistry. His method is derived from Egyptian stone carving-dating back nearly 5000 years and is the oldest handmade spiritual craft known to mankind.

Each stone art piece he creates is with specific purpose and meaning in the attempt to teach the observer for creating a better quality of life. Isaiah fully recognizes and attributes his ability to carve as being a given gift from God and therefore feels it must be done in God’s honor and appreciation for such an earthly craft.

Using only an old-fashion hammer, chisel and other small carving tools, Isaiah carves some of the most beautiful stones for dedication, memorials and just about anything else you can think of.

So why Stone carving?

Several years ago Isiah’s grandmother passed away and it pained him that he was unable to afford to purchase a gravestone in her honor. After many prayers to earn the money to afford a gravestone, Isaiah instead was inspired and unbeknownst to him, blessed with the ability to make the stone himself. So, in early 2015 Isaiah carved his first stone (his grandmothers) which was made from a Pennsylvania Fire Flagstone. With this new blessing came something else.  Isaiah created the Wesgrekian Code and is carved into most of his stones. The Wesgrekian Code writing has an alphabet and code that allows the reader to say much with very little writing. Every stone carved with the Wesgrekian Code is unique and each peace is supplied with the meaning of the code itself.

Isaiah, The Ancient Stone Carver
Isaiah, The Ancient Stone Carver

Isaiah is an independent Stone Carver & Artist who does custom commissioned work and Christian carvings for all to enjoy the messages carved have meaning and passion.
Deriving his technique and modeling his progress and style on the greatest and most famous stone carvers Michelangelo.

Isaiah, The Ancient Stone Carver
Isaiah, The Ancient Stone Carver

It was a pleasure meeting and getting to know a bit about Isaiah and I look forward to having one of his beautiful and unique masterpieces. If you want something no one else has or need a gift for that person that has everything you need a piece of Isaiah’s art.

http://isaiahsgallery.blogspot.com/

Leave a Comment