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An "Ornatista" is a highly specialized ornament carver in the Italian marble carving tradition. During his apprenticeship in Italy, several traditional Ornatiste took Walter under their wing, teaching him their art. He now loves to incorporate that tradition of beautiful, intricate detail in his carvings, as you see in these timeless stone fireplaces. You probably noticed how very unique and personalized each of these mantel designs are. This is possible because all of the projects you see here are custom designed, hand-carved fireplaces tailored to each individual client's personal taste. The design possibilities are endless.