Stone Download (32.9MB) In today’s podcast we talk with folklorist Daniel Patterson who is a professor Emeritus of English and former chair of the Curriculum in Folklore at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also a Fellow of the American Folklore Society. Dr. Patterson has recently written a monumental work on early […]

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Jon Kay on September 17, 2012

This past weekend I got to try my hand at stone carving. It reaffirmed my belief that one of the most powerful research methods in historical craft is the hands-on approach. It is amazing how much a you can learn just by trying your hand at making a quilt, building a banjo or baking bread. […]

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Jon Kay on August 2, 2011

In the Clear Creek Cemetery, just south of Bloomington, Indiana there are three distinctive gravestones, each of which are shaped like a blacksmith anvil with a hammers resting atop the limestone marker.  I believe these stones, were locally crafted, probably for blacksmiths who worked for the quarries producing and repairing tools.  Two of the stones […]

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Jon Kay on July 19, 2011

Listed in the 1850 Census as a thirty-year-old Stone Cutter from New York, Henry A. Dean worked in the river city of Madison, Indiana. He was living with his wife, Amy and their infant daughter Mary. The carver wouldn’t have come to my attention, had it not bean for a beautifully carved marker in the […]

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A small town on the banks of the Ohio River, Cannelton, Indiana is known for its beautiful sandstone structures.  The Cannelton Cotton Mill is a mammoth sized block building built before the Civil War and Saint Michaels is an exquisite church made by the finest of stonemasons.   One of those talented artisans, Martin Heim emigrated from […]

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Jon Kay on June 28, 2011

Deep in the Hoosier National Forest, near the Brown County/Jackson County line is the small Fleetwood Cemetery. The old cemetery has several homemade monuments that mark many last resting places. However, one of the more striking memorials is a large coffin shaped sandstone slab, that covers the grave-site. With may-apples, daisies and yucca plants crowding […]

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Jon Kay on June 25, 2011

I was surprised to find two very large sandstone makers, when I drove up to the Bond Cemetery today;. Probably made in the 1890s, the stones show signs of wear and the layers of the stone are flaking pealing off layers of stone and aesthetic details. One of the stones appears to have been shot […]

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Jon Kay on June 8, 2011

The Greenwood Cemetery in Tell City in Perry County can boast some of the most distinctive sandstone markers in Indiana. Carved from a dark red colored stone, these stones standout on the hillside. While walking through the graveyard, I spotted this stone signed Hinkel.This stone could have been carved by William Hinkel, a “stonemason” from […]

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I saw this old Quaker Meeting house in Orange County Indiana, last month on my way to Kentucky for a music festival. I judged by the Greek Revival style that the building probably dated to the 1840s or 50s, so I did a quick u-turn to explore. I discovered an old graveyard behind with several […]

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Jon Kay on June 5, 2011

I took my Indiana Folklore class to the Rose Hill cemetery in Bloomington  last week. They learned about the motifs, types of materials and the significance of some of the types of stone we researched in the cemetery. The next class meeting we used Ancestry Library Edition to research the carvers and the people buried  […]

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Jon Kay on April 25, 2011 Download (32.7MB) In this episode I talk with Yang Cai about his research work doing 3-D scanning of gravestones and rock art. This new technology allows scholars to reveal information and patters thought lost to the ages by setting a laser line on a stone and measuring the refraction of this line, which allows […]

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