OF THE WOOD DOLPHIN WALL CARVINGS
one-of-a-kind carvings. Although the outer profile is identical
for all the carvings, no two are exactly the same regarding
the details. Each carving is special and hand carved by Tom
D'Onofrio, himself, and his signature guarantees his unique
am not interested in carving correct anatomy. I'm am trying
to show how this beautiful free spirited mammal moves through
the water or leaps joyously through the air. I am trying to
interpret how the water (when swimming) or the air waves (when
leaping air-borne) moves off its body. No two instances are
ever the same."
I am trying to show through these carvings, one minute aspect
of the dolphin's magnanimous spirit. Its just a nanosecond in
their time sequence of how they express their boundless joy
each time I create a new carving, I come fresh and filled with
deep respect and gratitude for these playful creatures and try
to always present a fluid dynamic leap of buoyancy into each
litmus paper test is my two daughters Ciarra (age 10 )and Colby
(age 7). If they smile and are thrilled at what I have attempted
to create, then I know I have communicated to the children in
all of us, something the Dolphins do quite naturally."
am so thrilled that my lifestyle as an artist gives me this
opportunity to honor and sing praises to one of the most joyous
and free spirited species on the planet, a true inspiration
for us all."
of all profits after expenses will be donated to nonprofit organizations
dedicated to protecting and communicating with dolphins and
whales.(see links). As my company becomes more successful, the
dolphin donation will increase."
effort is given to utilize recycled or sustainable growth carving
woods and materials, and to use nontoxic, biodegradable finishes
when ever possible"
MOUNTING POSITIONS FOR HANGING THE DOLPHINS
The Dolphin Carvings are carved with the noses facing either
left or right.
comes with a "user friendly" wall mounting template that enables
you to mount your Dolphin on the wall in one of several possible
positions in a matter of minutes. Click here to see
change the position any time you desire. For example, when you
first purchased your "right facing" dolphin, you chose to mount
the dolphin so the tip of the nose is at 3 o'clock and the lower
tip of the tail is at 9 o'clock and therefore are on the same
horizonal line. A few weeks later you decide to change the sculpture
so the tip of the nose is at 12 o'clock and the lower tip of
the tail at 6 o'clock, thereby creating a vertical position.
By utilizing the wall mounting template, you can make quick
and easy changes. You can even hang the dolphins upside down.
After-all, they often swim that way.
INDOOR AND/OR OUTDOOR INSTALATION
Wood Species: Dolphins selected for outdoor installations
are usually selected from
softwood species such as: Redwood or Basswood.
Wood Thickness: No less than 1 1/2"
Grain: To preserve the natural color of the wood grain:
Oil Finish applied every two to three months depending on harshness
Varnish or Urethane: Good for 3 to 5 years---Smith and Company
Marine Varnish recommended.
(May require stripping old finish)
Surface: Marine Painted surface good for 3-5years depending
upon weather conditions.
Will require stripping old paint, upon refinishing.
To The Weather: Letting the Dolphin Carvings go to the weather
is a favorite choice among many Dolphin Carving owners. They
originally selected an oil finish clear coat and installed it
outside allowing the carving to "go to the weather". An interesting
"weathered patina" occured (See 4 dolphins on barn gable picture
above)---these are made from Basswood and Redwood. The Basswood
tends to become black with age and the Redwood tends toward
gray. There is no guarantee how the weathered patina will look,
however one can always go back to the original finish, by re-sanding
the Dolphin Carving, and maintaining the original finish with
either an oil or marine varnish.
One of the most unique features of these carvings is that you
can change how they appear, by changing the angle and brightness
of your lighting source at night.
Because the grooves in the carvings create "shadow" lines to
the viewer, the actual shapes of the "raised portions" of the
carvings will seem to change as the angle and brightness of
the sunlight changes during the day. During the day these changes
are subtle because of the massive amount of light streaming
over the dolphin sculpture, but when the sun is lower to the
horizon line in the early morning or late afternoon, you can
more readily observe how the actual inner details of the dolphin
Spot light brightness: Its a great deal of fun to experiment
with the brightness of your outdoor spot lights at night by
plugging your lighting unit(s) into a rheo-stat controlled circuit.
The angle at which your spot light hits the sculpture will determine
how your dolphin sculpture will "read" to the human eye. For
example, if you use one spot light aimed directly at the sculpture,
it will read differently than one spot light located at either
the top, or the side, or the bottom of the sculpture. Ideally,
it would be best if you had the sculpture lighted from the top,
bottom and either side, but this may not be possible in your
location. In that case, select a spot light that can be aimed
straight on to the sculpture and adjust the brightness of each
lamp with your rheostat.
Species: If your dolphin carving is not exposed to direct
sunlight on your indoor wall, you may choose either a hardwood
or a softwood. If your indoor wall is exposed to direct sunlight,
you would need to select the same wood species as an outdoor
species currently available: California Walnut (dark redish
brown), Birds-eye Maple (Blonde with dark specks), American
Cherry (golden turning darker with age)
Thickness: 1" or 2" available
Non-toxic 100% pure vegetable oil such as Olive or Cannola oil.
This type of oil finish gives off no poisonous off-gasses, and
can be easily and safely applied by you when ever you want to
brighten up the finish. l highly recommend to hang your dolphin
sculpture in your bedroom as you spend 1/3 of your life there,
and hopefully it will influence your sleep with peaceful and
Commericial oil finishes & lacquers are available upon request
for all indoor and outdoor dolphin carvings.
Feature of the Carvings: In addition, rubbing vegetable
oil on to your dolphin and wiping it dry with a paper towel
enables you to "touch" the energy of the dolphin and his/her
joy will give you a "contact high".
As you apply the oil, allow your fingers to explore all the
grooves and mounds on the dolphin. Close your eyes and follow
the dynamic flow of the soft curving lines and you will be transported
into the subtle nuiances of how this particular dolphin is exercising
her/his playful spirit.
When you wipe off the excess oil with a paper towel, follow
the same proceedure above and continue pariticipating in the
fluid world of your dolphin. Whether the entire proceedure takes
10 minutes or a half hour, you will be inspired. "Having a bad
day? Oil your Dolphin Sculpture"
Sculpture as Healing Art "One of the distinctive advantages
of sculpture is that unlike other forms of fine art such as
paintings, photographs, films, & videos, you not only see the
art work, you can touch it. You can feel it." "You can shut
your eyes and let your "fingers do the walking". And your fingers
will give you a whole other sense of how the energy of the dolphin
moves through his/her environment and this is intimately transmitted
directly to you through your finger tips."
See above description on outdoor sculpture lighting.
"Want peaceful and playful dreams at night? Oil your Dolphin