Etching a Custom Engraved Donor Wall for the Aronoff Center
This spring, the Aronoff Center contacted us to engrave a new name on their donor wall located in the lobby of the building.
We did the original engraving of the wall back in the 1990’s when the Aronoff Center was built, and periodically we’ve gone down over the years to inscribe new donors and patrons as they’re added.
The wall is made of stone and the inscriptions are sandblasted into the surface. The pictures below show the work in progress:
Engraving the Donor Wall: The Process
Our original work with the Aronoff Center’s donor wall involved working with the contractor to properly prepare the wall for the inscriptions. The masks were carefully laid out for engraving, and then the names were sandblasted into the surface. After all the engraving work is finished, we carefully sealed the inscriptions and cleaned the surface of the wall. The job required working for a few days in an environment that was open to the public, so efficient workflow and attention to dust was important for the job.
Adding new Inscriptions to the Preexisting Wall
Our process for etching the already engraved stone wall was similar, yet extra emphasis was given to preventing interior dust, preventing any cracking in the stone, and then carefully engraving the new inscriptions in the surface.
We’re always excited to help the Aronoff center with their stone wall engraving!