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The Wine Mine

THE WINE MINE is a unique & unparalleled Wine Cellar designed & built by Ira Kessey on the theme of a Gold Mine. The Wine Mine is exceptional and without equal in it's execution and attention to detail. Throughout This Project are authentic items and artifacts sourced by Ira Kessey to create a realistic mining experience. 400 pounds of gold ore were handpicked by Ira from a working gold mine near the Sierra Buttes for the vein that runs up the cellar walls. Every detail of this project was meticulously researched by touring gold mines in the surrounding counties. Wine Mine Read More
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Turlock Irrigation District Tribute

TID WATER & POWER MONUMENT carved by Ira Kessey is a tribute to the water and power district's past, present and future employees.

The 5 Ton Basalt Boulder was picked by the artist and plucked from a deep ravine a few hundred feet below the emergency spillway gates of the Don Pedro Dam.

It's Size, Shape & Absence of Fissures made it the perfect stone to carve. The artist tells a story in the 1920's worker style relief carving in stone about the history of Turlock Irrigation District that transformed California's great central valley by helping communities prosper providing an adequate supply of irrigation water.

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Captain George Whittell Bronze

CAPTAIN GEORGE WHITTELL BRONZE

This sculpture was created over a two year period, sculpting the clay maquette on site at the Thunderbird Lodge.

The bronze casting was done at Art Works foundry in Emeryville, California.

The bronze is ¾ scale and stands 24” tall on a stone base.

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Stanislaus Catholic Church

STANISLAUS CATHOLIC CHURCH

The stained glass windows represent peace, love, family and the belief in Christ. They are the only element of design and color in this church and are placed at ceiling level around the room. Light streams through the windows and casts colors throughout the church.

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LIL' BEAR

This sculpture was commissioned for the entry of a home in Martis Camp, Truckee, California.

It is carved from a solid piece of old growth Claro walnut log.   It stands 36” tall on a granite boulder looking up at a Moroccan star pendant in the porte cochere.

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Lil' Bear

Iris Garden Art Glass

IRIS GARDEN ART GLASS

These sandblast carved glass booth dividers were commissioned for Nikkos Restaurant in Vacaville, California.

The iris garden design was created for the twenty six glass panels and also for the menu covers.

The glass is a deeply carved sandblast stageblast technique on 3/4” thick glass with 1” beveled and flat polished edges.   They were edge lit with neon lights from inside the wall below.

After many years, the glass was removed and is currently looking for a new owner. Please inquire if interested.

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