In the Studio:
Stone Sculptor, Walter S. Arnold is an acclaimed artist who creates a full range of stone sculpture and marble carvings. Classically trained in Italy, Arnold is committed to preserving the traditional techniques of marble carving, one of the highest art forms.
Walter began sculpting stone at the age of twelve in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. At twenty, he began training as an apprentice in the marble carving studios of Italy. Following his training under master stone carvers in Italy, Arnold spent five years working on the Washington National Cathedral in D.C., before establishing his studio in Chicago in 1985. He is fluent in styles ranging from Classical and Renaissance to Gothic, Baroque and Arts & Crafts.
Known especially for his gargoyles, Walter also creates unique fireplaces, Fountains, architectural carvings and sculpture for private residences, institutions and commercial buildings throughout the United States and Canada. The Art Institute of Chicago, University of Chicago, Boston University, and the Chicago Architecture Foundation, are just a few of the nationally recognized universities, museums and organizations that have invited Walter to present lectures on the history, technique and application of architectural and sculptural stone carving.
From 2001 to 2012 Walter served as the president of Stone Carvers Guild of America. Arnold designed and
created his web site, http://www.stonecarver.com in 1994. In 2009, his book Staglieno: The Art of the Marble
Carver was published by Edgecliff Press, LLC.
"I resisted adding watermarks to my photos for many years, but it has become an unfortunate necessity. Photos have been lifted from my site and used on many other sites to market copies and inexpensive knock-offs. I trust you understand"
Throughout the years, Walter Arnold has taken on several apprentices. Kevin Williams (pictured both below and to the left) is Walter's most recent apprentice and continues to assist Walter with a variety of projects. To view Kevin's portfolio, you can visit his website here.
A previous apprentice, Justin Egerton, is now the stonemason in charge of The National Trust for Scotland at Culzean Castle where he is training new apprentices. Juston trained under Walter in 2002 and 2003.
(Above) Justin is working on a pediment for the restoration of the McCormick Place Garage in Chicago.