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The Wine Mine is a unique and unparalleled Wine Cellar

The Wine Mine is a unique and unparalleled Wine Cellar designed and 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.

The Wine Mine

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The 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.

Turlock Irrigation District Tribute Monument


Captian George Whittell

Captian George Whittell Bronze Sculpture

Commissioned by the Thunderbird Lodge Incline Village, NV.

Located on the east shore of Lake Tahoe.


Stanislaus Catholic Church

Stained Glass Windows
Commissioned by the Stanislaus Catholic Church.




Lil Bear

Lil Bear Carved from one piece of wood.

Commissioned by a family for their entrance way.


Nikko's Sandblast Glass

Sandblast Glass Flower Panels
Commissioned by Nikko's Italian Resturant Vacaville, CA

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